Furlong to the fore on Six Nations debut
Horeswood native Tadhg Furlong made a huge impact on his 63rd-minute introduction in Ireland's 16-16 draw with Wales in their opening Six Nations Championship game at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
A scrum that had been under considerable pressure finally came to terms with the Welsh front five as Furlong more than contained his opposite number.
The former New Ross player certainly worked hard in the scrums and around the pitch, justifying his call into the action as a replacement for Nathan White who had struggled through his time on the pitch.
Furlong gave as good as he got in the scrums, having entered the fray at a time when the tempo of the respective packs had increased as they sought out winning scores to keep their hopes of Grand Slam and Triple Crown glory alive.
During a period of late intense pressure, Furlong was seen to get in the hits close to the fringes, while he also did so much to disrupt the Welsh ball, working close to man of the match, C.J. Stander, at several breakdowns.
Given the physicality and tempo of the game, it should prove a huge learning curve for Furlong, as he faced down Lions props.
It was a very rewarding cameo from the player, who must have put himself into the frame for this weekend's squad away to France.
When Furlong was called to the sideline, it no doubt was a hugely proud moment for the New Ross Club and parish of Horeswood, to see their player take on the County Wexford mantle so long held by Gordon D'Arcy.