Ian McKinley will take the latest step in his remarkable rugby journey when he makes his international debut for Italy off the bench against Fiji tomorrow.
he 27-year-old Dubliner, who came through the Leinster system and made six appearances for the senior team as well as lining out for the Ireland U-20s nine times, lost the sight in his left eye when a stray boot caught him in the face during a club game.
The incident, which occurred six years ago, left McKinley having to retire at 21 but after campaigning tirelessly to be allowed to wear protective goggles, he is set to be handed his chance on the international stage with Italy.
McKinley moved to his adopted country in 2014 and qualifies to play for the Italians on World Rugby's three-year residency rule.
The out-half has been in fine form for Treviso this season and his call-up to the national side, who are coached by Conor O'Shea, is fully deserved.
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