18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Ireland team doctor, Gary O'Driscoll - a son of the former Ireland full back Barry - ordered a rest for the squad after breakfast - but the battle to stave off the effects of jet-lag then saw the boys re-emerge and onto the coach to the local Central Coast Grammar School for a light work out under the direction of fitness coach Mike McGurn..and under heavy rain.
The unexpected conditions - given that Australia heads towards its summer - were compounded by a chilly breeze. The irony was that it was their first time to train in the rain since a downpour marred the end of a session in Perth last June when they were preparing to play Australia on their Summer Tour.