Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has made a big impression in New Zealand on the eve of the Rugby World Cup.
Despite suffering from jet lag after his 24-hour journey to Queenstown he participated enthusiastically in the traditional ‘hongi’ greeting.
However, a slip of the tongue revealed the toll the trip had taken.
“I have to say how absolutely blown away we are both by the people of Queensland and this load of paddies...sorry, Queenstown, I should say.”
He quickly recovered by praising the children who turned out in droves with Irish flags to welcome the squad in advance of their first game on September 11.
Winger Tommy Bowe tweeted his delight on arrival: “Great to finally arrive in NZ! Amazing views on the flight in. Snow showers expected tomorrow!”.