Watch: The motivational video the Ireland players were treated to on flight to play All Blacks
Published 01/11/2016 | 02:30
Ireland's rugby team flew out to Chicago yesterday ahead of their clash with New Zealand.
The 27-man squad flew out at 3.50pm and the side are due to line out on Saturday in the autumn test opener against the double world champions.
Ireland are hoping to deny the All Blacks a 19th consecutive victory at Chicago's Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears American football team.
Joe Schmidt's men departed Dublin Airport for Chicago on Aer Lingus flight EI125 at 15.50 ahead of their much anticipated match against New Zealand. Aer Lingus, the official airline of the Irish rugby team, will be helping to bring the magic of #HomeAdvantage to Chicago’s Soldier Field giving Ireland every advantage as they look to beat New Zealand for the first time in history and the players were treated to an inspiring motivational video on board the flight.
Rob Kearney and Robbie Henshaw were snapped with Aer Lingus Cabin Crew member Heidi Carty enjoying the business class service on board Aer Lingus transatlantic flights which includes a fully lie-flat 6.5ft bed. The team also availed of the US preclearance facility at Dublin Airport which means they avoided lengthy queues in the States.