Tracy joined the game as a second half replacement for his Leinster teammate Sean Cronin and found time to put his mark on proceedings with a try in the 82nd minute.

While a try in front of 43,000 spectators in Aviva Stadium isn’t a bad way to introduce yourself on the international stage, Tracy is just as keen to focus on the areas he needs to improve on – as well as enjoying that debut try, of course.

James Tracy

“There were a few things that I could’ve done a bit better, but I’m obviously delighted to get [the try]. I didn’t really expect to be getting over the line, but it was a nice bonus.

“It was very fast, but we train at that pace, so it kind of gives you a taste for it. But it was very quick.

“[Canada] did their homework and they executed the game plan pretty well, but I think we did our homework as well and that really showed towards the end.”

A debut, a try, a win – a good day’s work, made even sweeter for Tracy by getting to share it all with his parents. All those lifts to training as a youngster were worth it after all.

“That’s special. It’s been a long journey to get to this point. It was nice to share that moment with them.”

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