SKIBBEREEN man Gavin Coombes made his senior international rugby debut for Ireland on Saturday.
The six-foot six-inch rugby machine from Betsboro outside Skibbereen came on with ten minutes to go as Ireland beat Japan 39-31 in a thriller at the Aviva Stadium.
One of the hottest properties in Irish rugby, Coombes replaced Peter O’Mahony late on to earn his first senior international cap.
This is a fitting reward after the incredible season Coombes enjoyed for Munster, as he racked up 15 tries in 22 games and was recently named the Munster’s men’s player of the year.
— Kieran McCarthy (@KieranMcC_SS) July 3, 2021
It's also an incredibly proud moment for his family and his home club, Skibbereen RFC, where he learned his trade.
Next up for Ireland is a Test against the USA next Saturday and Coombes will look to get more international minutes under his belt there.