It has been a great week for Wexford rugby as four men from the county had big smiles on their faces for varying milestones and performances during the week…
It all started mid-week when Wexford Wanderer Brian Deeny signed his first professional contract with Leinster Rugby. Two years ago, Deeny starred with Ireland’s Under 20 team. He will look to shrug off some recent injury scares to hopefully play a role in the league in the next few months or hit the ground running next season.
Standing at 6ft 6, the 22-year-old already has a strong frame for a young man. The talented player will be battling it out with some great talent in the Leinster Second Row position.
In other rugby news this weekend, Tadgh Furlong had an industrious outing against England in the 6 nations, however, he will likely need to work at the scrum machines during the week as this was one issue against England.
Furlong had a tough outing against England hard man Ellis Genge in the scrums. Tadgh will know he has improvements to make.
However, around the field, he was up to his usual standards of performance hitting rucks with savage accuracy, taking the ball up the middle to earn the hard yards, tackling like a tiger and all means of hard graft for the Ireland team on what was a battle royale in Twickenham against very brave and fired-up England side playing with 14 men for 79 minutes.
We have no doubt that he’ll be back to his best when Scotland come to town next week with a Triple Crown up for grabs, and if miracles happen, perhaps a Six Nations title too.
Rathnure native Charlie Tector put in a mercurial display at out-half, scoring 17 points in a man of the Match performance against England u-20’s in London on Saturday night.
An assured performance by the Wexford man laid down the groundwork for a magnificent win and now he’s in with a chance of becoming a Grand Slam Six Nations winner vs Scotland u-20’s in Cork next weekend.
At the same time but in a wet and wild Ravenhill, Belfast, young Enniscorthy man Temi Lasisi earned his very first Leinster cap against Ulster in the league.
No doubt, the Lasisi family and his rugby family in Enniscorthy looked on in pride as Temi came on in the last few minutes of the fixture in a hostile Kingspan stadium.
Lasisi is a muscular 6ft and 18 stone prop and given his physical stature, he looks to be ready for a step-up, even at the tender age of 20. He could well be one to watch out for in Leinster ranks in the coming years.
It was a great week for local rugby and it definitely shows there is real talent in the county.
It’s also clear that this talent is recognised by Leinster which is great for young aspiring kids coming through the ranks at Gorey, Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford Wanderers rugby clubs.
By Byron Jones
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