Teenage Ireland sensation Beibhinn Parsons believes that she has benefited from improved IRFU coaching structures that leave a clear path of progression from youth rugby to full international caps.

Parsons announced her arrival on the senior international scene in Ireland's opening two games in this year’s Six Nations.

The 18-year-old hit the headlines with her stunning 90-yard intercept try against Scotland in her side’s 18-14 victory back in February before stepping away from the squad briefly to focus on her Leaving Certificate.

While those exams may be in the balance now with the on-going coronavirus crisis, Parsons’ future within the Ireland set-up looks to be secure and she believes that’s down to the growing commitment of the IRFU to the women’s game.

Speaking on 2fm’s Game On Parsons said: "It’s funny, I used to have to play on the boys team because there was no girls team. A few years later in Ballinasloe we set up a girls team and it just thrived from the get-go.

"We have so many talented players and amazing dedicated coaches, so I’ve just been so lucky from day one.

"I went into Connacht Under-18s. I played with them for two seasons and we ended up winning the inter-pros and I played Under-18s 7s as well and was lucky enough to captain them last year.

"Then I got drafted into the senior team. It has been a bit of a jump, [it’s] a huge step up to go from underage playing with your peers to playing with elite athletes.

"But the pathways are there to go the whole way through and to really learn and each level and become good enough to progress.

"It’s great that the pathways are there and that there are dedicated coaches at each level."

While Parsons' arrival into the Ireland scene may have appeared to be an assured one from the outside, she admits that there was a degree of trepidation when she was called up.

"It's an amazing environment," she said. "I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was intimidated walking into a squad like that with so many skilled and experienced elite athletes.

"But you learn so much from them and they really do welcome you with open arms. We’ve become such a family and it’s just been a great experience.

"I’m so lucky and so proud to have been in there at such a young age and to have experienced all this.

"I learn so much from all these girls… knowing that they have so much knowledge and you can pick their brains, I become like a sponge. That’s one thing I really look forward to, going to training."

And of that stunning match-winning try against Scotland? Parsons has already relegated it to the status of a 'nice memory' as she fixes her focus to the future.

"Those are the moment that you cherish in sport. You might practice it 100 times in training to just pull it off one time in a match.

"Thank God that happened, we really needed it at the time. It's a nice memory to look back on and it’s a nice win to get in the Six Nations."