I'll Break the Ice by Asking Queen about Rugby, Says Tubridy

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Byline: Lynne Kelleher

RYAN TUBRIDY plans to kick into touch any awkwardness with the queen by chatting to her about rugby.

The Show presenter was chosen to act as royal tour guide for a day to show Queen Elizabeth the major sights of Dublin.

And although it's a serious job, Tubridy plans to keep the atmosphere light-hearted by joking about the sporting rivalry between Ireland and England.

He revealed how he will be bringing the queen and her husband Prince to sip a pint of our most famous stout at the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse tomorrow.

He said: 'They will have a pint of Guinness poured for them by the master brewer and there will be a bit more history and then they will be gone for their next appointment. It will be a very interesting encounter.' And Tubridy plans to use the views from the spectacular Gravity Bar to show the queen the sights of our capital.

He said: 'I will be giving her a tour of Dublin from the heights of the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse. She'll come in with her husband and meet some people.

'I will say there are some great sights we have here. There is the Aviva Stadium where England and Ireland would have met quite recently in a match. For two points Prince Philip, who won? 'Obviously we will have a bit of a laugh about that,' he joked.

The stadium is the site where England's Grand Slam hopes came to an abrupt end in March when Ireland trounced them in the revamped stadium.

However, Britain still emerged as the winner of the Six Nations tournament after beating every other team during the campaign.

The queen's grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, are passionate rugby fans while her granddaughter, Zara Philips, is getting married to the English rugby captain Mike Tindall later this year.

Prince William, who is vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, showed his love for the game by inviting some of the sport's top stars to his wedding, including Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll. …