Photos from Gavin's day

Gavin Coombes wins his First Irish Cap  on Sat 3rd July 2021 V Japan @ The Aviva

I suppose it can only be called Gavin's Coombes Day - how could one call it anything else. Yes, a truly memorable occasion for the family and of course Gavin chiefly, but the reality is  that all the rest of us in Skibbereen RFC join with the extended Coombes family to offer our congratulations also to Gavin - on reaching this sporting milestone in his life. The following photographs were passed to me by our Hon. Treasurer and PRO Jacinta Veale - there is really no need for words when you see them - they 'speak' for themselves and tell their own story.

When the match was over, Gavin did a TV interview - again principally to honour his 'first-cap,' and once again he gave a masterful performance, and proved he has on-screen talents too - well done Gavin,  you did  very well. Click on the following Link to see the video:-

https://twitter.com/i/status/1411798880660996103

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Comments by Andy Farrell after the match:

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said he was "made-up" for his players after a win over "class outfit" Japan in the Aviva Stadium.

"I'm absolutely made up for the players. It was so important for them to make sure they won here at the Aviva," Farrell told RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"It was a big game for a lot of them, (they were) given an opportunity. Quite a few of them took that chance.

"But we're absolutely delighted with the win. Why? Because they're a class outfit, aren't they? A dangerous outfit, so we'd be made up with that.

"We were our own worst enemy in the first half regarding error after error. They were really physical in the first half as well

"It wasn't perfect in the second half either. But we kept pushing forward and kept trying to be positive and scored some great tries in the end. But the most pleasing thing I thought was that, even though we had a few setbacks, we stayed in it. In the second half, we were going after them, especially in the last 20 minutes."

Munster back row Gavin Coombes was the only debutant to see action, coming on for provincial team-mate Peter O’Mahony in the final 10 minutes. Farrell indicated the plan is for him to see a greater portion of action next week against USA.

"We'll see how people shape up. But that would be a plan. America play tomorrow against England so we'll see them. We'll dust ourselves down, celebrate Gavin's first cap as well this evening, and get back to work Monday."

Hot off the press - Bernard Jackman is credited with the following quote as seen on on the late night News 00.29am 6th July 2021. Certainly an interesting observation from one of the regular RTE rugby pundits.