David Robbins: A romantic break in northern Italy with the Leinster lads
The first thing you notice is their size. Even the ones you thought were small turn out to be big. One of them has to bend down to get through the walk-through metal detector at the airport.
Then you notice the smiles. You don't see them smile that much on the pitch. They have their "game faces" on. But now, as they wait for their flight, they are wreathed in smiles.
We are in the unglamorous Area A of Dublin Airport, waiting to board a flight to Parma. We are en route to a Leinster match and we are travelling with the team.