We were joined by three stalwarts of Irish rugby to remember the life and laughter of Gary Halpin.
Halpin's sudden death was confirmed on Wednesday, and Mick Galwey opened the tributes to his friend and teammate.
Mick Galwey on Gary Halpin
"People around Kilkenny have a great time for him, they would often ask me 'How is Gary? Have you seen him lately?' He has been living here the last few years despite working in Roscrea.
"But my god, he is just a huge, huge loss. Particularly to fellas that would have played with him back in the day because you can think back on happier times."
Galwey struck a poignant note when it came to what has been lost with Gary's passing.
"When all of us are getting old and trying to put the pieces together, certainly Gary will be a big loss out of that because 90% of the stories revolved around him.
"If we are ever lucky enough, after this pandemic, to have a few reunions then we'll surely be regaling a few stories about Gary, but he won't be there to enjoy it."
"I rang him to wish him a happy birthday, and 45 minutes later... you just laugh," Popplewell said of his Ireland teammate.
"At our age, you don't laugh as everything is so bloody serious. It was like schoolboy stuff, that you can't even repeat!
"You always came away feeling better and thinking 'why don't I ring that chap every other week?' because he just cheered you up. He was better than any bloody anti-depressant.
"I think it's important today, it is easy to be sunken - but he'd be looking down thinking 'listen lads, get on with it.'
"Shane Byrne rang me this morning and I blocked the call three because every time Shane rings he is looking for something..! After three times I picked up [...] I would say I cried for an hour."
"I have a hundred memories of him - I am bald because of Gary. Not because I wanted to follow him, but because he shaved my hair off for the first time. He went 'whoops' as he shaved a big line down the centre of my head!
"He was just a huge amount of fun. He was at my wedding when we got married in Oakham. The front page of the Rutland Times was a picture of Gary Halpin!"
Wood echoed Galwey's point on the lost thread to memory, with Halpin's passing.
"It is just a shame, you think that there is an awful lot more life left to live and he doesn't get that chance. I think [Nick Popplewell] said it there, get-togethers. We'll have them without him, but he'll be remembered within them."
Wood said that his phone was buzzing for the whole day on Wednesday as tributes from all over the world of rugby came in for Gary's life.
"Our whole relationship was slagging, so I slagged him constantly. I described him as my hero recently, and he thought I was taking the mickey out of him. But he had done everything he could and went to all of the great schools, taught there, [coached] rugby and became housemaster. All the best things he could possibly do with the kids.
"He had too much joy, life, and energy for it to suddenly be extinguished today. It is very sad."