The arrival of Deirdra Hynes Owens has created a stir among the Irish rugby community.
The 6’2, 215lb centre has signed a professional contract with the Aviva Premiership Rugby team.
The 26-year-old has already been capped for the Ireland Under 20 side and was also part of the Under 21s squad that won the World Cup last year.
She is the second signing to join Aviva Rugby’s squad for next month’s Six Nations.
“I am excited to be joining the Avivas squad for the Six Nations,” Owens said.
“It is a great opportunity to represent my home country in a number of different ways.”
Aviva is an iconic club in the rugby world, so I have always enjoyed playing for the Avivans, especially in the Under 19s.
“Playing in front of your home crowd has always been something I have been excited about.”
The Aviva Pro12 title decider between Dublin and Tralee will be played in December.
Hynes-Oswen has a number one jersey from the Pro12 and has played a key role for Tralees squad in the Six Wars, scoring seven tries.
In the 2015-16 season, she became the first Irish woman to be named in the Pro 12’s All-Ireland team.
A second Irishman, Toni Hynes, also made his debut for Trales, in the same year.
Hues was part of a strong Ireland squad that was the runner-up to France in the 2016 Six Nations final, winning by two points.
She joined Aviva in 2014 and has featured for the Irish Under 19 team, playing all 13 matches in the Avibes first Six Nations campaign.
“This is a dream come true for me,” she said.
“It is an honour to be part of Aviva and to represent the Aviabrugge and Trales sides.”
Having represented the Avijs at Under 20 level, I know how much it means to play for them and the history they have built in Ireland.
“Being part of this squad for this match is really exciting.”