From cheering on Ireland in the Romanian capital, to possibly coming off the bench to face his countrymen, it has been an unusual week for Dylan Fawsitt.
The prop has made six appearances since making his Eagles debut last year and is primed and ready for action when Gary Gold’s side look to spoil the party at the Aviva Stadium.
Born in Wexford and raised in Greystones from the age of 10, Fawsitt was part of a Blackrook school team that featured the likes of Jordi Murphy, Denis Buckley, Andrew Conway and Brendan Macken.
With AJ MacGinty making the move Stateside, Fawsitt, encouraged by Alan MacGinty senior, decided to follow suit and undertook a Masters at the Life University in Georgia.
"I always had one eye firmly on becoming an Eagle," Fawsitt told RTÉ Sport.
The abrasive hooker will play for Rugby United New York next season, the city’s first professional rugby team, in Major League Rugby next year having spent the 2018 campaign on loan at Glendale Raptors.
Now the focus is on the international arena and the Eagles are on the back on a nine-game winning Test run, and Fawsitt replaced starting hooker Joe Taufete’e in the 31-5 victory over Romania last weekend.
Thankfully the squad were done and dusted by time Ireland’s clash with the All Blacks kicked off in Dublin.
"We sat around as a squad in Bucharest to watch it," he said. "It was amazing to watch the two best teams in the world. To get this opportunity to play Ireland is what we need. We want to be a top-10 team."
He has to contend with a place on the bench tomorrow, but is itching to make his mark on the return home.
"It’s a great opportunity to get back home to see family and friends. I’m really looking forward to getting the opportunity to get onto the pitch."
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