Saturday 18 November 2017

Boys in green have a tweet landing

Shane Hickey

IT was a long way to go without a tweet.

The Irish rugby team arrived in New Zealand yesterday following a marathon series of flights to get to the World Cup venue.

And as they landed, they finally got to send out updates on Twitter after being unable to use their mobiles while in the air.

A number of the team have been using the social media site to tell their numerous followers of every move they make in the build-up to the tournament -- and show them pictures of the trip.

Stephen Ferris described the journey, which started on Tuesday, as a "marathon", during which he spent his time beside Jamie Heaslip and Donncha O'Callaghan.

"What a few days travelling and we are still not at Queenstown NZ. Couple of hours left in Sydney before we are off," he wrote from Australia.

It appeared the pressure may have been too much for some. In a picture posted by Andrew Trimble, Donncha O'Callaghan is shown joking at the bar of the hospitality lounge in Dubai.

"DOC is planning to be rowdy from London to Dubai and sleep it off for the second leg," he tweeted. After departing on Tuesday in Dublin, the team arrived yesterday morning, with Tommy Bowe sharing a picture of the mountains outside Queenstown.

"Great to finally arrive in NZ! Amazing views on the flight in. Snow showers expected tomorrow," he said.

Brian O'Driscoll, the team captain and well-known tweeter, kept it simple: "Thanks for all the good luck messages. Here we go."

When they emerged from the airport, the team were greeted by a welcoming party including dozens of locals, some of who performed the Maori haka.

HUGH FARRELLY on the touchdown in New Zealand: see sport

Irish Independent

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