If he was nervous making his debut for Ulster against Exeter Chiefs last Friday night, Academy out-half Sean O'Hagan did not show it.
Aged just 19, Sean O'Hagan was one of a host of young players to make their bow for Ulster and the Ireland Under-19 international and former Exiles and Connacht underage star looked assured during his 20 minutes on the pitch.
"I was very pleased," O'Hagan told www.UlsterRugby.com. "It was a real experience to play out there and to make my first appearance in front of a such a big crowd (at Kingspan Stadium) was amazing. I wasn't expecting my chance this early but I loved it.
"I was more excited than nervous. It was just such a great experience. The crowd and the intensity of the game were amazing. I came on in the 60th minute and by the 65th I was blowing but it was just incredible."
O'Hagan is not the first member of his family to experience success in the province. His grandfather is Down GAA legend Patsy O'Hagan, who won two All-Ireland SFC titles with the county in 1960 and 1961.
Patsy was also the first Irishman to score a hat-trick at Wembley Stadium. In the early 1960s, a number of Gaelic teams played in a tournament at the world famous London venue and O'Hagan scored four goals in a match against Galway.
Sean explained: "I lived and went to school in England but I have big Ulster connections. My dad was born here as was my grandfather Patsy. I have been told stories of his success and I am proud of what he achieved.
"My family are overjoyed that I am playing rugby here. My dad has always been my number one fan and he has really helped me on my way."
Having made his first appearance for the Ulstermen, O'Hagan is now aiming to play as much as possible for his new side.
"We will go over videos and see what we can improve on. Every area needs work and I am just aiming to keep improving and to get better. I am aiming to wear that jersey again. Once you get a feel for it you get the hunger."
Talented, hard-working and proud to play for Ulster. In time Sean could be another O'Hagan to become a sporting legend in the province.
The Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 squads had a busy Easter period with seven matches played in Ashbourne, Cardiff, Llanelli, Caerphilly and Bordeaux. Check out some of the tries scored. Full match reports are available on www.irishrugby.ie.
Speaking to RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was asked about prioritising players playing in Ireland when it comes to national selection over those who are based overseas.
In an interview broadcast on RTE Radio 1's 'Sunday Sport' programme, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the summer tour to the USA and Japan, and also looked ahead to next month's Rugby World Cup Pool Draw.
Speaking about working with the provinces and monitoring players' progress, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt told RTE Radio 1: "For us, having the best quality of performance within the provinces, getting some really good coaching from the provincial coaches, which we know is happening at the moment, that's the foundation that we need because in the end we get the players in a match week pretty much."
In an interview with RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed that Girvan Dempsey, Felix Jones and Ronan O'Gara will be incorporated into the coaching group for the upcoming summer tour to the USA and Japan.
IRFU National Talent Development Manager Hendrik Kruger says the Easter age-grade internationals give the Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 players 'the chance to represent their country and experience international rugby' and are 'the highlight of their season'.
The Ireland Under-18 Clubs & Schools team (sponsored by PwC) played the England U-18 Counties side in the first of two matches at Ashbourne RFC this week. Check out the highlights from Wednesday's entertaining clash.
Four of our stadiums through the eyes of four Irish sporting legends. O'Driscoll on Aviva Stadium, Brogan on Croke Park, Matthews on Kingspan Stadium and O'Connell on Thomond Park. The world is invited #Ireland2023.
Irish Rugby TV caught up with flanker Sean O'Brien to get his reaction following Ireland's hard-earned 13-9 victory over RBS 6 Nations champions England. He singled out man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony for special praise.
Peter O'Mahony reflects on what went wrong for Ireland in Cardiff and tells Irish Rugby TV that he is focusing on the squad and their work this week ahead of the final Six Nations game against England.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.