Tadhg Furlong still getting to grips with life in the fast lane

Ireland prop has come a long way since making his full Test debut in South Africa

Tadhg Furlong in action against Australia last November. “Test matches  take so much out of you physically, mentally, emotionally.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tadhg Furlong in action against Australia last November. “Test matches take so much out of you physically, mentally, emotionally.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At first glance, it might seem Tadhg Furlong has lost the run of himself, trading in his Renault for a Jaguar. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The 24-year-old from Wexford farming stock remains the same grounded individual he’s always been, not that he’d have any choice in the matter anyway.

 “Look, to be honest with you, it just came about, the whole Jaguar thing. It’s just a local fella back home who went to my school, from the parish, who said: ‘Would I be interested?’ and I said: ‘Of course I would’. There’s not a whole lot else to it. It’s not as if I’m after changing my lifestyle or I’m after changing.”

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