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11 vital steps to surviving Irish rugby camp
Here’s the (unofficial) IRFU guide to staying sane in Carton House.

AN INTERNATIONAL CALL-UP is a huge honour, but that doesn’t mean you have to love every second.

Rugby players are well used to the provincial life which takes them home to their own bed every afternoon after training. In the weeks before international week there is no escape, and you have to put up with sharing a cramped hotel room with a 20 stone man and little space to do activities.

The squad are into their second week of camp with three Tests in three more weeks to look forward to Here are some vital steps Irish players take to avoid getting bored in between training sessions.

Go for coffee and a chat with Rala

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Watch art imitating life on The Simpsons

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Make a music video

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Have a fun at the expense of the poor hard-working press


Never EVER let a golf cart go idle

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Would a quick nine holes be out of the question?

imageJamie Roberts and Owen Farrell tour the course at Carton House this summer.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Kidnap Rala

The bagman is a crucial part of keeping spirits high in camp, often at his own expense.

Like on the 2010 occasion he recounted in his book, A Life in Rugby, when he was asked to turn on the Christmas lights in the Shelbourne hotel, but instead found himself tied up under the tree getting photographed by American tourists.

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The ground might not be dry enough these days, but here’s an effort from September. Credit: @BrianODriscoll

Make sure you’ve got Paddy Jackson close by

He seems to do his best work with the help of a left winger.

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All in all, just make sure to keep yourself busy


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