Tadhg Furlong “defies logic” with his all-court brand of power play and finesse, according to Garry Ringrose.
Midfielder Ringrose insisted Furlong could no longer escape his Mayor of Wexford nickname after his masterful inside-centre impression in Ireland’s Grand Slam triumph at Twickenham.
Leinster prop Furlong conjured one of Saturday’s key moments as Ireland overwhelmed England 24-15 to claim just their third-ever NatWest 6 Nations Grand Slam.
The British and Irish Lions star created the extra man in midfield to send Bundee Aki crashing through England’s defensive line, before CJ Stander claimed Ireland’s second try.
And Ringrose admitted Furlong’s role in Ireland’s third-ever Grand Slam means he will have to learn to love the nickname he has never yet warmed to.
“Oh he’s just the humble farmer from Wexford, but he’s going to have to take that nickname a bit more now, definitely!” said Ringrose, of Furlong’s moniker.
“We’d run that move a couple of times in training, and Tadhg defies logic for a tighthead with how mobile he is and the deft skills he has.
“I was chasing on the outside of Bundee (Aki), who did exceptionally well to find CJ (Stander) on his inside, and he too was able to produce a very intelligent finish against the post.”
Ringrose had to fight for fitness to play any part in Ireland’s Six Nations at all. An ankle problem suffered in January almost kept him out of the tournament, but the 23-year-old recovered in time to star in the 28-8 win over Scotland, and then Saturday’s stunning Twickenham triumph.
Ringrose revealed he watched Johnny Sexton’s match-winning drop-goal in the 15-13 win over France in Paris in The Bridge, the Ballsbridge pub part-owned by Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Rob and Dave Kearney.
“I’m well aware I’m extremely lucky to be in the position I am,” said Ringrose.
“If Chris (Farrell) and Robbie (Henshaw) hadn’t picked up injuries I probably wouldn’t have been here.
“I won’t forget how lucky I am. From my point of view it was about trying to come in and fit in, as opposed to bat the lights out of it in any way shape or form. Just build on the foundations the other lads had put in.
“I was in The Bridge with a couple of the Leinster lads to watch the France match.
“That was a pretty memorable moment, for anyone who’s in any way associated with rugby in Ireland, and one I won’t forget.
“So from that to winning the Grand Slam, on St Patrick’s Day and at Twickenham, it was incredible stuff.
“From my point of view for the week coming into it, it was about trying to forget about that and it was just another game.
“As tough an opposition as it is, it was about asserting ourselves personally and getting the basics covered.
“The lap of honour was pretty special, my parents and girlfriend were over so it was nice to be able to share those moments with them.”