The result may not have gone Ireland’s way as they lost 19-10 to the USA but it has certainly been a remarkable day for Emma Hooban and her family.
Twenty-one year old Hooban received her first international cap in the first game of the November series match against the USA.
The promising hooker made her way onto the Energia Park field after 56 minutes in Donnybrook today, Sunday, November 18.
There were ten changes to the side that lined out against England in the final round of last season’s Six Nations, with Emma being among the four previously uncapped in the squad.
It was an unfortunate day out for Adam Griggs’ side, they put in huge defensive efforts, but just gave away too many errors for large periods of the game.
A number of debutantes were called on for the game, with Laura Sheehan scoring Ireland’s only try on her debut and 16 year old Beibhinn Parsons being called from the bench – making her the youngest ever player to represent the senior team.
Ireland did manage to score a late, late try with Parsons parting the USA defence like the Red Sea, where the ball was eventually held up and Eimear Considine managed to sprint inside the defence to bring the ball across the line.
A former Scoil Chriost Rí student, Hooban’s talent has certainly shone through in recent months in particular.
Fresh from winning the Interprovincial Cup with Leinster, Emma was then named in the Ireland squad for the upcoming November series.
Ireland now take on England in Twickenham Stadium, London on Saturday, November 24, with kick-off at 5.40pm.
Well done Emma – the rise of this young Portlaoise woman is nothing short of remarkable!