Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong has exploded onto the international rugby scene over the past two years with some barnstorming performances at tighthead.
Few enough in Ireland even knew the prop’s name prior to the 2015 World Cup but his meteoric rises has led him to the British and Irish Lions Test side this summer and his performances for the Tourists have not gone unnoticed with the locals.
Furlong started once again this morning as Warren Gatland’s side pulled off a series-levelling win and the New Zealand media are gushing over the 24-year-old. The NZ Herald gave him an 8/10 in their player ratings with the following comment.
“A rolling Sherman tank. Owned Moody initially at a 7th min scrum. Brought roar to visitors’ application.”
Following the first Test, Tony Smith of Stuff opined that the Wexford native was:
“Fast becoming the world’s top tighthead”.
It’s not just the press that have been impressed with Furlong either. As quoted by The42, All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett said his opposite number was a “world-class scrummager”.
Tadhg’s early carry yesterday was indicative of his whole tour: rampaging.
Big early carry from Tadhg Furlong! Set a great tone. pic.twitter.com/RdXAxAwHBa
— Pat McCarry (@patmccarry) 1 July 2017
Following fine showings in both tests, the DCU graduate is certain to start the series-deciding encounter next weekend. There have been many calls for his fellow countryman, Jack McGrath, to join him in the front row after a disappointing day for Mako Vunipola.