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Father's pride as Sherry gets late call-up for New Zealand

FOR one Irish player, it's a case of better late than never. Almost a month after the rugby World Cup began, Munster player Mike Sherry (23, inset) is on his way to join the Irish squad in New Zealand.

While injured hooker Rory Best has been picked to start Saturday's quarter-final clash against Wales, Sherry has been called as back-up should Best not be fit enough to continue.

Sherry told the Herald how he got 'that call' from Ireland boss Declan Kidney.

"He said he was looking forward to me coming out and let me know what was going on," Sherry explained.

"He said Rory wasn't ruled out officially yet, but regardless of his injury I will be staying with the squad for the remainder of the tournament.

"I was delighted, I rang my parents and let Munster know the story and got a lot of texts from a lot of people then as the news came out. Everyone has been really supportive."

Sherry's father Mick, who was capped twice for Ireland in the Five Nations Championship in 1975, was the proudest member of the Limerick family when his son got the call.

"He's delighted. He is a big follower of my career, so it made his day," Mike said.

"He goes to all of my matches, which is good."