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.
Even though I helped flag his arrival on Twitter, I actually had to remind him to follow me - how ungrateful is that!
He'll be like a kid on Christmas morning tomorrow when he wakes up and checks how many followers he has at that point.
A goal will be to catch his back row buddies (Stephen) Ferris and (Jamie) Heaslip. On a personal tangent, I was staggered to reach the six figure mark myself during the week (Brian now has over 101,000 followers on Twitter).
I have been tweeting a great deal lately, putting more into my app but that will change when I eventually return to the day job. People must have a strong constitution to put up with my rambling and random thoughts!
My better half (Amy) is coming to join me - my folks are also here - having spent some time in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, where she did a parachute jump from 10,000 feet.
I muscled my way into the Munster contingent in going out for a nice steak dinner the other night. When we arrived it Wellington it was lashing rain and on the Tuesday we trained at the Hurricanes indoor facility.
In the afternoon I managed a couple of personal bests in the gym. I also spotted Ronan O'Gara a +4 advantage in the CMJ (Counter Movement Jump) and still annihilated him - not that it is anything to brag about as everyone does!
We've been spoiled rotten with the support so far but we're hoping that it will continue for Saturday's quarter-final against Wales.
It's been absolutely phenomenal and invaluable in pushing the team further every time. We'd like to given them something to shout about again this weekend.
Related Links -
Brian's blogs are on www.O2.ie/rugby.
Follow the Ireland team in New Zealand on www.twitter.com/irfurugby.