Roy Keane's presence in the New Zealand camp this week is strictly business only as he works towards gaining his UEFA Pro coaching licence, but the Sunderland manager has certainly made a few new friends.
Keane is in Wellington with his friend Ricki Herbert, the current coach of A-League club Wellington Phoenix. The pair are studying the coaching methods of the All Blacks management.
One of the requirements of the UEFA Pro licence course is that students spend time observing other teams and the week-long stint with the All Blacks, brought about by Herbert's ties with Graham Henry, was too good an offer for Keane to turn down.
With the former Ireland captain maintaining a watching brief at training sessions and refusing media interviews, it was left to All Blacks supremo Henry to reveal how Keane has fitted in.
"I'm not quite sure that Roy has got a foot in both camps or not! I think Roy has been great really, he's great to talk to, he's bubbly," Henry admitted.
"Richie (McCaw) had lunch with him earlier. I don't think they chatted about leadership - I think they chatted about experiences, and Roy has got a few of those.
"I think it's good to have a guy of his esteem in the group, that he can share some experiences with the group. Everybody knows him and respects him for what he has done.
"It's great that he chose, along with Ricki Herbert, to be here with the All Blacks for a week as part of their requirement for their final coaching certificate in football.
"They had to spend a week with an international sporting team. It's great that he has chosen the All Blacks."
Keane knows his rugby, he has attended a number of Munster and Ireland matches, as well as internationals at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The former Manchester United midfielder has also left his mark on the likes of Paul O'Connell and Donncha O'Callaghan, who have name-checked him in interviews.
Even this week, O'Callaghan spoke about the effect which Keane has had on Irish sport in general.
"Roy Keane has brought a huge mentality in back home where Irish people shouldn't just be happy with competing, we should look to win," the second row said.
"You get the perception that everyone thinks we are nice people and we do our best. But he has brought in a mentality of why shouldn't we win and play to win.
"I think it's no longer acceptable to go out and be happy to be thereabouts, you have to go out to compete and win."
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw was delighted to meet up with the revered Corkman, who has even been invited to give a motivational speech to the All Blacks before this weekend's Test.
"Roy said: 'I guess that playing for Manchester United is a bit like playing for the All Blacks'," McCaw explained.
"There is a lot of pride that goes with it and he didn't probably realise until the last six months when he went and played for someone else - it just wasn't the same.
"He realised then what it meant to play and I think our guys find that when they give up or move on, they actually realise what it is all about, the great fun it is playing for the All Blacks and stuff like that so I guess there are a few similarities."
McCaw, who captained the Crusaders to the Super 14 title last weekend, added that it had been a special meeting and one that he would always treasure.
The Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 squads had a busy Easter period with seven matches played in Ashbourne, Cardiff, Llanelli, Caerphilly and Bordeaux. Check out some of the tries scored. Full match reports are available on www.irishrugby.ie.
Speaking to RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was asked about prioritising players playing in Ireland when it comes to national selection over those who are based overseas.
In an interview broadcast on RTE Radio 1's 'Sunday Sport' programme, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the summer tour to the USA and Japan, and also looked ahead to next month's Rugby World Cup Pool Draw.
Speaking about working with the provinces and monitoring players' progress, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt told RTE Radio 1: "For us, having the best quality of performance within the provinces, getting some really good coaching from the provincial coaches, which we know is happening at the moment, that's the foundation that we need because in the end we get the players in a match week pretty much."
In an interview with RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed that Girvan Dempsey, Felix Jones and Ronan O'Gara will be incorporated into the coaching group for the upcoming summer tour to the USA and Japan.
IRFU National Talent Development Manager Hendrik Kruger says the Easter age-grade internationals give the Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 players 'the chance to represent their country and experience international rugby' and are 'the highlight of their season'.
The Ireland Under-18 Clubs & Schools team (sponsored by PwC) played the England U-18 Counties side in the first of two matches at Ashbourne RFC this week. Check out the highlights from Wednesday's entertaining clash.
Four of our stadiums through the eyes of four Irish sporting legends. O'Driscoll on Aviva Stadium, Brogan on Croke Park, Matthews on Kingspan Stadium and O'Connell on Thomond Park. The world is invited #Ireland2023.
Irish Rugby TV caught up with flanker Sean O'Brien to get his reaction following Ireland's hard-earned 13-9 victory over RBS 6 Nations champions England. He singled out man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony for special praise.
Peter O'Mahony reflects on what went wrong for Ireland in Cardiff and tells Irish Rugby TV that he is focusing on the squad and their work this week ahead of the final Six Nations game against England.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.