Monday 21 October 2019

Deacon delighted with international debut

Jeamie Deacon
Jeamie Deacon

Wexford's latest full Irish rugby international made her debut in The Stoop on Saturday when a late try gave home side England an 8-3 win.

Jeamie Deacon was one of six uncapped players named in the visitors' starting XV, but her chances to impress on the wing were limited as the poor conditions put paid to any flowing play in the backs.

Still, it was a huge achievement for the maths teacher in High School in Rathgar who was following in the footsteps of fellow Wexford native Katie Fitzhenry, who is a Blackrock and Leinster colleague.

The 29-year-old Deacon has made a name for herself in rugby after a glittering hockey career which saw her win international honours at Under-18 and Under-21 levels before playing in some uncapped fixtures for the Senior squad.

Ireland's Grand Slam win drew her to rugby and she has made remarkable progress to date.

Wexford People