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Honeymoon put on hold for rugby star Cian Healy

Cian Healy and Laura Smith’s wedding last month in Clifden
Cian Healy and Laura Smith’s wedding last month in Clifden
Cian Healy

By Niamh Lynch

Ireland rugby star Cian Healy has admitted he has spent more time with his teammates than his new bride and that their honeymoon has been "shelved" until next year.

The newly-wed is in pre-season training with Ireland's World Cup squad.

Healy and his teenage sweetheart, Laura Smith, tied the knot in Galway last month, with many of his Leinster and Ireland teammates joining the celebrations.

However, he has seen little of his new bride since. Asked about married life, he said: "One difference is that I've been living in hotel rooms with the Irish team for most of it, so I've only been at home a total of two and a half weeks.

"I didn't expect that.

"The honeymoon has been put on the backburner, probably until next summer," he added.

There are changes aplenty in the Healy-Smith household as they are also building their 'forever home', which they hope to move into by the end of September.

The Clontarf native also spoke about his pre-season training for Japan.

It has been reported to be among the toughest ever that coach Joe Schmidt has enforced.

"It's going well, training is testing everyone," he said.

"We're getting fitter and stronger.

"But there's a nice mix of time off and getting to know each other well," he added.

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