19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
It was literally that and then back to the hotel within a couple of hours for an 8am start to our new base.
It's a beautiful place and I am sharing a massive three bed apartment with Keith Earls and Conor Murray. Some of the boys went down to a local driving range that offers $NZ10,000 for a hole-in-one at this specially constructed hole.
The diameter is probably an inch and a half wide according to the boys. Needless to say none were successful.
The victory over Australia was brilliant primarily because we played to our potential. That was hugely satisfying. It was very frustrating not to be hitting our straps in the build-up matches and the first pool game against the USA.
It's a great feeling to have done that. It's the same for any team that win, lose or draw, you can look at the integrity of the performance and be satisfied you've delivered on that aspect.
There's no question of getting carried away on the strength of the result. We have put ourselves in a position to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament but to achieve that goal requires us to back up Saturday's performance with two of similar quality against Russia and Italy.
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