It was meant to be a motivational moment. A time to galvanise the troops, and to distract players from the humdrum of camp. So when these players took a photo with some legends of Irish sport - no one knew what was about to come.
Just look at the players in the photo, it's like something out of Final Destination:
Peter O'Mahony - Knee Ligament Damage v France
After playing the game of his life, Peter O'Mahony was ruled out for the tournament. His leadership in the absence of O'Connell was missed. The future Ireland captain will be back.
Johnny Sexton - Strained Adductor v France
The man we were all hoping for. Maybe we'd have had a better chance with him in the team? He's certainly good in the Millenium Stadium when facing a big deficit at halftime.
Sean O'Brien - Suspended for striking v France
A man of the match performance was marred by an act of petulance that cost Ireland and O'Brien dear. What we could have done for his physicality.
Tommy Bowe - Knee Ligament Damage v Argentina
The final member of the photo to be struck down. It's like something out of Final Destination.
Paul O'Connell - Torn Hamstring Off Bone v France
The most heartbreaking injury off all.