Life will be a bit sweeter for the next seven days in the Ireland bubble on the back of their comprehensive win over Wales last night. 

Having to stew on the defeat to France for two weeks can't have been easy, especially when, in the days following, the camp gave a distinct impression that they left that game, and possibly a Six Nations  championship, behind them. 

This was much better. They restricted Wales to a measly three kicks with former Ireland boss Eddie O'Sullivan describing the opposition as "abysmal". He was being kind. 

Andy Farrell’s side are holed up in Carton House just outside Maynooth and in the normal course of events would have a range of options for blowing off steam in the midst of the pressures of international rugby. 

But that’s not the case in Covid times. No golf, no concerts, no visits from Christy Moore or Bono.

Thankfully, they have a couple of right boyos in charge of social events, to break the monotony of lockdown life. 

New internationals James Lowe, a try-scorer on debut last night, and Will Connors, who made his bow against Italy last month, have been tasked with keeping up spirits. 

"We got a pool table put in camp so I’ve been winning a good bit of money with that," boasted James Ryan, aka 'The Big Cheese’. 

So who are the suckers lining up to hand over their hard-earned cash to the man with a pool-hustler nickname? 

"I’m taking a lot of money off Ross Byrne and Andrew Porter as well so they’ve nothing left.

"There’s a bit of Playstation, there was a quiz night. 

"Keith Earls and Chris Farrell claim they won the quiz."

Captain Johnny Sexton also offered an insight into the hidden side of the squad's social activities and was keen to stress that they are the last group that would complain about the current Government restrictions. 

"We’re adhering to all the same regulations as everyone else," he said. 

"We’re essentially in lockdown in camp, Level 5, so everything you can do at home, we’ve got our own home in Carton House and we can do what we do in the hotel but that’s about it. 

"None of the golf facilities are open in Carton so we had a quiz the other night, socially distanced. 

"It’s a strange world we are in at the moment but we are very lucky to be doing what we are doing. 

"The social committee are doing a good job. We’ve got a sweepstake at the moment with the [Masters] golf so that will be good viewing over the weekend. 

"When you are in camp doing what you love doing it’s not a hardship. We are happy to be playing rugby and giving people something to watch at home."

So could the captain shed any light on the real quiz winners? "Not me anyway," he said with a hint of another one possibly left behind. 

Sexton faces a race to be fit for Saturday's clash with England at Twickenham, the out-half was replaced on 29 minutes with a hamstring strain

Despite former skipper Peter O'Mahony being on the field, it was Ryan who took over the captaincy at that point.

"It was cool, I have to say, I didn't expect it," said the 24-year-old lock.

"It was pretty humbling but I just got on with it. It was very much [myself and Pete] making some of the decisions. It's great having guys like Pete and having such a great leadership group around me. I was delighted."