Ballyfin teenager Will Reilly was a second half substitute as the Ireland U-20s made a perfect start to the Six Nations this afternoon.
It has been a whirlwind week for the former Portlaoise rugby player who was only called up on Monday and now has a first international cap at this level.
Ireland faced Scotland in Cardiff Arms Park today with the game shown live on RTE One.
Ireland made the perfect start with a try from Alex Soroka after three minutes but Scotland instantly equalised via Elliot Gourlay.
Ireland then won a penalty try before the break to lead 14-7 at half time.
But the game changed one minute into the second half when Scotland’s Harris Morris was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.
From there, Ireland were well on top as tries from Sam Illo and Shane Jennings wrapped up a bonus point win.
In the end, Ireland went on to win 38-7 and collect all five points.
Next up for them is a game against the tournament hosts Wales next Friday evening at 8pm.
Will Reilly’s family have a strong association with Portlaoise Rugby with his father Ciaran having served as club secretary for a long number of years – so today will undoubtedly be a very proud day for them.
He is also a very talented footballer and played senior championship with Ballyfin last year as they qualified for the semi-final for the second successive year.
His blossoming rugby career is likely to limit his involvement in 2021, however.