High praise for Furlong from team-mate
Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00
Horeswood native Tadhg Furlong has a huge rugby future ahead of him.
The 22-year-old was a front-row understudy across the scrum for Leinster and Ireland, having gained a dramatic call-up to the national squad for the World Cup just completed, when Ireland went out at the quarter-final stage to Argentina.
Tadhg would never have thought at the start of the year that he would now be a full Irish international. After an incredibly impressive season for Leinster, the former New Ross player overcame injury to play his way into the team, standing out as a young player for the future.
For all the hurdles sent his way, Furlong acquitted himself remarkably well in the Rugby World Cup warm-up, eventually gaining the nod in Joe Schmidt's squad for the finals in England.
Furlong was seen as a player capable of switching across the front tow, leading him to scrummage against the experienced Dan Cole in the England friendly.
Now Furlong has won over a vote of confidence from 64-times capped Ireland and Leinster full-back Rob Kearney who has been high in his praise of the young Wexfordman.
'You have Tadhg (Furlong) here in Wexford. What he has achieved at the young age of 22 has been quite remarkable.
'Given where he is playing, the front row, and his tender age, his progress has been phenomenal. He plays in a most difficult position.
'It was a huge achievement for him to play his way into the World Cup squad. He is clearly a young player with a huge future in Leinster and Irish rugby,' Kearney said.
Furlong is now in the Leinster squad for the European Cup and will be battling to maintain his Irish squad place for the forthcoming Six Nations. Furlong also has two games with World champions, the All Blacks, to target in the 2016 autumn internationals along with a game against runners-up, Australia, while there is also the small matter of that summer tour to South Africa.
Kearney was speaking at the brand new Audi Wexford Terminal opening at Crosstown, Wexford, on Thursday, where he was joined by Wexford hurler, Lee Chin, and Wexford Youths striker Danny Furlong, the leading scorer in the Airtricity League with 30 goals.