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Brian O'Driscoll is welcomed by a member of a Kapa Haka group, during a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Brian O'Driscoll is welcomed by a member of a Kapa Haka group, during a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Brian O'Driscoll is welcomed by Maori elder Michael Skerrett, ngai tahu kaumatua, during a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Brian O'Driscoll is welcomed by Maori elder Michael Skerrett, ngai tahu kaumatua, during a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Local school children show their support on the Ireland team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Local school children show their support on the Ireland team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Brian O'Driscoll attempts to get his team-mates to sing on their arrival in Queenstown Airport

Brian O'Driscoll attempts to get his team-mates to sing on their arrival in Queenstown Airport

Brian O'Driscoll starts a rendition of Christy Moore's Ride On

Brian O'Driscoll starts a rendition of Christy Moore's Ride On

Ronan O'Gara, Donncha O'Callaghan, Jerry Flannery, Keith Earls and Denis Leamy on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

Ronan O'Gara, Donncha O'Callaghan, Jerry Flannery, Keith Earls and Denis Leamy on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

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Brian O'Driscoll is welcomed by a member of a Kapa Haka group, during a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), on the team's arrival in Queenstown Airport.

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!”.

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