Tadhg on world stage
Tadhg Furlong savoured the biggest moment of his career when introduced as a second-half replacement in Ireland's 44-10 victory over Romania in the Rugby World Cup group game played in Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Furlong was one of the fringe players used by manager Joe Schmidt, who has now played 30 of his 31-man squad as they put victories back-to-back, with a bonus point in each. They now head Pool D going into Sunday's game against Italy.
In a game where the result was never in doubt, the former New Ross player was introduced as a 64th minute substitute for Nathan White, but with few scrums he was given little opportunity to impress in the tight. Still, he got through some effective work in open play during his 16-minute stint.
Playing before more than 80,000 supporters, it was nice to see the young Campile man get his piece of action on the big stage, in a career that has dramatically taken over the past 18 months.
Now Furlong, who did well in his first appearance, and the Ireland squad head for Guildford ahead of another intense week. Come Friday when Schmidt names his team, he will be holding his breath as he could be elevated to the replacements' bench once again.
Whatever the future holds for the young prop, the past few months have proven a magical experience for a player who had still to command a regular starting spot with his province, Leinster.
There's more to come from Ireland as the business end gets under way this weekend.
And his legion of local admirers will be backing him all the way.