Buccaneers duo, Robbie Henshaw and Paul Boyle, played starring roles for country and province respectively last weekend.
Ireland finally hit a bit of positive form when clinching third place in the Autumn Nations Cup with a comfortable 31-16 victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
On his return to centre after injury Henshaw put in a tremendous performance that put him in contention for the man of the match accolade. His smart read of Johnny Sexton’s diagonal kick saw him set up a try for Keith Earls as the Athlonian played a key role in Ireland’s improved display.
Buccaneers duo David Heffernan and Finlay Bealham also enjoyed game time during this new international tournament while physio Keith Fox is a vital component in Ireland’s backroom set-up.
Meanwhile, the previous evening at Galway Sportsground, former Ireland U20 skipper Boyle captained Corinthians for the first time as the westerners despatched Benetton 31-14 in the PRO14. The young back rower had a night to remember as his hattrick of tries steered Connacht to a bonus point victory in Conference B.
With the easing of Level 5 lockdown, rugby training has resumed for all teams at Buccaneers. But training must be confined to pods of 15 and remain non-contact for the time being. Meanwhile, no matches can take place as yet.