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Ireland's Grand Slam stars and WAGs take the party to Dubai

Best & co head for the desert to unwind

By Ali Gordon

LIFE'S a beach for the Ireland rugby stars and their gorgeous WAGs as they continue the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Dubai.

Captain Rory Best and his wife Jodie have been soaking up the sun with international team-mates Rob Kearney, Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony and Keith Earls and their stunning other halves.

Londonderry model Joanna Cooper, who recently went public with her relationship with scrum half Conor, has shared a series of snaps of the group living it up in the United Arab Emirates over the past week.

The 2015 Miss Universe Ireland winner, who started dating the Munster player a few months ago, cheered him on during the Six Nations games before partying with the other WAGs.

Joanna struck up a friendship with Jess Reddan, Rob Kearney's long-term love, and the two have showed off their toned physiques on the beach in Dubai.

They have also been double dating while on holiday, with snaps of them smoking shisha and enjoying cocktails being uploaded to social media.

The lavish holiday has been well-earned for coach Joe Schmidt's men after an historic Six Nations tournament for the Ireland rugby squad.

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Conor, Rory Best and england player Ben Youngs

Last Saturday, at Twickenham, they joined the heroes of 1948 and 2009 by winning the Grand Slam for only the third time.

Ulster Rugby star Rory captained the side to the stunning 24-15 victory.

Ireland had already won the Six Nations - their third in five years - but their triumph over England cemented only their third Grand Slam.

Rory and team-mate Kearney are the only survivors from the 2009 team. But while they may find themselves as senior players in the squad, the duo are showing no signs of slowing down.

Days ago the pair signed new contracts with the Irish Rugby Football Union which will keep them playing in Ireland until the 2019 World Cup.

Rory and Rob, and their other halves, looked relaxed and sun-kissed as they posed for pictures in the plush five-star Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina on Jumeirah Beach.

The images were posted just days after Rory's children Penny and Ben took to the pitch at Twickenham to celebrate Ireland's win over England.

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Conor and Joanna and Jess and Rob

And it seems Ben Youngs, who was part of the defeated England team, has made up with his opponents.

The Leicester scrum-half is also in Dubai with his wife Charlotte and has been hanging out with the Irish rugby stars and their partners.

They all went to Asia De Cuba restaurant in the holiday resort, with Ben describing the dinner date as a "great evening".

But Rob took the opportunity to make fun of Conor who he joked was boring him after talking about his nomination for Six Nations player of the championship.

On Friday, Ulster player Jacob Stockdale (21) beat him to the coveted title.

There hasn't been too much relaxing for Conor on his holiday, though, as he's also been building sandcastles with Keith Earls and wife Edel and Peter O'Mahony and Jessica Malony's children.

Belgian-born Jessica, who works as a solicitor in Cork, uploaded an image of Conor playing with the girls, with the caption 'Serving women since '89'. Underneath the snap, Joanna wrote 'naaaw, it's so cute'.

And Peter has been busy too... Conor recorded him taking photos of the WAGS, joking that he was an 'Instagram husband'.

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Ireland's Rory Best celebrates with the trophy after winning the grand slam during the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London.

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