Many rugby-playing pupils from Presentation College Bray have progressed through to the 'Stones senior squad over the years and the north Wicklow club were delighted to also have the current Pres Junior squad, their coach Kevin Conroy and school principal Gerry Duffy in attendance at the lunch.
Topping the guest list alongside Hastings was Pres 'old boy' and former 'Stones, Ireland and Lions prop Nick Popplewell.
Pres Bray won the Leinster Junor League recently for the first time in their history and the proud captain Phillip Haughton and vice-captain Conor Greene, along with their team-mates, received an appreciative round of applause from the large attendance.
On arrival in the lobby, the Scotland coach Jim Telfer barked out, 'ten minutes in the lobby, then meet for a training run.' His Irish counterpart, addressing the Irish lads, roared: "Ten minutes lads in the lobby... then into the bar!"
Two hours later the Scottish players returned battered and worn out, while the Irish were refreshed and lively.
Next day and in a scrummaging session against the Irish, Hastings claimed the Irish won the session on the basis that their alcohol was a contributing factor and that if ever he was in charge of a team for that length, he most definitely would use the Irish system.