10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
There, the tour party had to vacate the plane, remove all baggage and go through immigration and security before returning to the same plane, a process that took the best part of two hours. Eventually at 6.50 am (Irish time), the 747 NZ 001 thundered down the western runway and climbed out over Long Beach bound for Auckland.
On arrival in Auckland there was an onward journey to Christchurch before a 150 kilometre coach journey finally had the squad at their Timaru hotel at 1pm.