19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
The morning training session is again held in Taieri RFC. It's a closed session but at around 11.30, the press arrive as scheduled to hear Brian O'Brien announce the Test side. The assembled media include, Brendan Fanning, Peter O'Reilly, Gerry Thornley, Tony Ward, Heather Kidd, Michael Corcoran, photographers Billy Stickland and Matt Browne and local press. O'Brien, flanked by Declan Kidney and Eddie O'Sullivan, announces the side to play on Saturday, and after they've answered questions, Keith Wood, Brian O'Driscoll and Reggie Corrigan are ushered in by Press Officer John Redmond, to face the the music.
There is an afternoon training session, this time in Zingari Richmond ground, and in the evening the squad and management adjourn to The Ale House restaraunt for dinner with plans been made to watch the Ireland v Saudi Arabia game later that night (11.30 pm kick off in Dunedin).