Sunday 23 October 2016

Compiled by Cian Tracey

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Ryan reveals his

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Alton Towers terror

As a 6ft 7in international second-row, the sight of Donnacha Ryan attempting to squeeze into the funfair rides at Alton Towers must have been something to behold.

Noted for his fearless approach to the game, it perhaps came somewhat as a surprise to hear him admit that he was in fact terrified of going on any of them.

During their day off last Thursday, the Ireland squad took to the theme park for some 'down time' but as Ryan explained, some enjoyed it more than others.

"I won't lie, I didn't really want to go to Alton Towers but I was roped into it, purely on the basis that I can't fit in any of the rides.

"So it was more of a torture thing for me than anything else. Poor Devin Toner actually could go on hardly any of them.

"But it was good fun, there were some groggy heads that evening but it was good fun."

Luke Fitzgerald and

his cuddly teddy bear

Donnacha Ryan didn't enjoy his day out at Alton Towers as much as Luke Fitzgerald who was photographed with a giant teddy bear alongside him in his bed (above).

Thanks to his room-mate Ian Madigan, Fitzgerald's new friend was revealed to the world although he hasn't been able to see the photo himself.

"I won it in Alton Towers playing basketball. Luckily I got it in! I've had no phone since last week because I jumped into an ice bath with it in my pocket.

"It was last week so I've had no phone for the last 10 days. Ian (Madigan) did it on Instagram it looked really funny. We were only messing in the room!"

Quote of the day

"A coach needs to be able to scream when needed and to congratulate his players when things are going well. Apparently, cameras are mandatory, so next time I'm getting upset, we'll go under the showers!"

- France coach Philippe Saint-Andre on his recent animated outburst that was caught on the television cameras

Number of the day

10 The number of consecutive days that the Tongan squad ate in the fast-food restaurant Nandos before they beat Nambia on Tuesday. Not sure Joe Schmidt would approve.

Compiled by Cian Tracey

Irish Independent

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