New Ross club members rejoice
Saturday, June 3, 2017 will go down in the annals of New Ross R.F.C. as a huge milestone as that was the day when the club's most famous graduate reached the pinnacle of rugby while makng his debut for the British and Irish Lions in their opening match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.
Tadhg Furlong secured the Lions number, 817, as his own for all time when he came off the bench as a replacement for fellow tighthead, Kyle Sinkler. Commenting earlier, club President Michael Bailey said that this was the proudest moment in the club's history before adding his congratulations to Tadhg, his parents Margaret and James, and brother Eoin, on their collective achievement.
'He could not have reached this level without the enormous support of James and Margaret over many years of bringing him to training in New Ross, South East Leinster and the Leinster academy.
Their dedication, and his, has been rewarded with a unique place in rugby history,' Bailey said, before also recognising the support of coaches in the club including the late Godfrey Hill, John Keenan, Sammy Bennett and Tony Brazil in Furlong's development.
Members now anticipate that Furlong will progress to be in the starting XV for the test matches versus New Zealand in a few weeks' time.
A number have already booked flights and match tickets to travel to the other side of the world to witness this event, so the fun is only beginning!