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.
It's not often that we (the Ireland squad) go out as a big group but this was one of those occasions.
It's fair to say that the majority partied until the early hours of Sunday morning in the company of many of the England team. They were gracious in defeat so a good night was had by all.
They had a Championship title to celebrate, maybe not in the fashion they would have wished for, but they were keen to embrace a post tournament blow-out.
It was great to enjoy a few days off, catch up on some rest and relaxation and attend to the minutiae of paying bills, opening post, replying to emails and other domestic chores.
On the Tuesday night I went to the premiere of Amy's film, Rewind, another great occasion in what has been a memorable week.
It was then time to head off with Leinster for an overnight stay in a hotel to reset goals for the rest of the season and ease the transition from Ireland camp to provincial set-up.
We familiarised ourselves with the old calls, the game plan and got back into Leinster mode. It was a very productive 24 hours and it was great to catch-up with a good group of lads.
The enthusiasm is there to try and carry the positive legacy from last weekend into what will be a tough month coming up.
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