“Things like that you don’t even take notice of at the time, you’re just going through the hurt of a loss,” he said of the picture.
“It just shows the expression of what it meant and the disappointment of it and it also shows how horrible my hands look.
“Two of the lads give me a bit of slagging that I’ve ugly hands and fingers.
“They look like a fisherman’s hands that have been tying knots. In my head they’re always prettier but they’re not photogenic. They’re better in the flesh.”
Yesterday, the second row also thanked the fans who have helped the team overcome Sunday’s loss.
“We flew into Shannon last night. Journeys home are always tougher when you lose but the support in terms of meeting the people in the airport and even people in Shannon with banners, I’ll be honest, sometimes you feel you don’t deserve your supporters, but they’re incredible.
“They never separate from the team and go through the highs and the lows.
“There’s Munster supporters today who have lost as well but it’s never ‘the team are brutal’. They take it together and that’s the beauty of them.”