Day three of Ireland's summer tour showed once again the great spirit that exists in world rugby and the reach of the Irish worldwide.
Day 3 - Warm Welcome At Hurling Club
A media session at 8am for Conor Murray, Jonathan Sexton, Chris Henry, Mike Ross and scrum coach Greg Feek is followed by breakfast in the team room which has the most amazing view across the city to the famous river Plate.
A gym session with strength & conditioning coach Jason Cowman in the morning to keep the fitness levels just right is followed by an amazing day at the Hurling Club in Buenos Aires.
The name alone should tell you that there are strong Irish connections but the fact that their rugby team wear green with a shamrock crest just cements the links.
The tradition dates back some 60 years to a time when the Ireland team were touring Argentina and the club asked permission to copy the colours and crest - possibly the only club in the world to be allowed to wear the national kit of a national team.
Argentina has the largest population of people of Irish descent outside of the English speaking world and their affection for 'home' is palpable.
Over 300 Hurling Club members and children from local schools turned out to watch the Ireland squad train.
Head coach Joe Schmidt invited a number of Hurling's first team to train with the lads and also gave a coaching clinic afterwards - his generosity rewarded by the warmth of the welcome received.
No matter where the Ireland players travel they are always delighted to see the supporters and meet the locals and today was an opportunity to do both.
Afterwards the players were mobbed for autographs and photos and it was amazing to hear the young Argentine boys and girls calling the Irish players' names.
The day ended with an amazing BBQ and there was definitely steak on the menu! The locals were joined by forwards coach John Plumtree who seemed perfectly happy to cook the steaks.
The spirit of rugby and of Ireland is alive and well in the Hurling Club and after the traditional exchange of gifts, the club's first team players concluded the evening with a song for Schmidt's men.
Looking forward to facing England on Sunday, Ireland winger Tommy Bowe said: "We've trained very well this week, we're really excited about the game. It's about going out there and doing whatever we can to get ourselves that win."
Second row Devin Toner previews Ireland's crunch RBS 6 Nations clash with England, saying: "It's a pretty formidable English pack. Attwood and Kruis have played fantastically well. They're well drilled and focused and their scrum and lineout are very good."
Looking forward to facing England this weekend, Ireland back rower Sean O'Brien said: "It's obviously exciting, but it's one game at a time. I don't think there's any more pressure on us than in the first two games. That's the way you have to look at it."
Irish Rugby TV sat down with Ireland Under-20 scrum coach John Fogarty to talk about the U-20 Six Nations so far and Friday's clash with England at Donnybrook. Tickets are on sale on www.ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland Under-20 captain Nick McCarthy and fellow back Billy Dardis spoke to Irish Rugby TV about Friday's U-20 Six Nations showdown with England at Donnybrook. Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.ie.
Shane Byrne and Malcolm O'Kelly preview the Ireland v England Legends match which takes place at Donnybrook this coming Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm). Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. All proceeds from the game will go to support the IRFU Charitable Trust and the RFU All Schools Charity.
Watch highlights from the Ireland team announcement press conference as Joe Schmidt reveals the team to play France. Peter O'Mahony says it is good to 'have some big figures back' for Saturday's clash.
Ireland Under-20 centre Garry Ringrose said the squad were 'delighted' to run in seven tries away to Italy. He also previews the French match and talks about his involvement in a previous Ireland senior training camp.