12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
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.