Ulster back row Chris Henry said the Ireland team had an exhilarating time at Alton Towers amusement park yesterday, whether they wanted to or not!
Pictures of the day out, and in particular of a petrified-looking Paul O’Connell, have gone viral and Henry admitted some of the participation wasn’t entirely voluntary.
“Alton Towers was great fun,” he said , when asked today after the team announcement. “I think we were all bullied into doing rides that probably some of us wouldn’t.
“Simon Zebo just wanted to go there and walk around and have coffees, but he was bullied into all the rides.”
Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Henry, who starts on Sunday against Romania said the team had enjoyed the week’s training camp.
“It was great. I suppose from being in Cardiff where it was so crazy to coming to this environment, it’s out in the countryside. We’ve worked hard but it has been nice, it’s been a lot quieter.”
Video by Dan Linehan.
After the day off on Thursday, the team are ready to refocus for the weekend’s match.
“I really enjoyed it, the craic’s been good,” Henry explained. “This squad is very good at switching at the right times.
“I think we’ve trained really well.
“We’ve had our fun and now it’s time to go to London and really enjoy the build-up to this (game). It’s a massive chance for everyone involved.”
Shaun Cronin, head sports reporter of breakingnews.ie speaking to the Irish Examiner's rugby correspondent Simon Lewis on Ireland's RWC match against Romania this weekend. Video by Dan Linehan.