Emergence of Daly a rare positive for U-20s
The World Rugby U-20 Championship has been horrendous for Ireland but one of the few bright sparks has been the emergence of Jack Daly, the latest to come off the remarkable Currow conveyor belt in Kerry, WRITES JOHN FALLON.
Daly made his Irish debut against Georgia and crowned his second appearance with a try against Scotland.
He is following in the footsteps of the likes of Mick and Tom Doyle, Moss Keane, Mick Galwey and current Munster players JJ Hanrahan and Sean McCarthy.
Hanrahan and Galwey's nephew McCarthy featured for Irish at the U-20 championships on their way into professional rugby and Daly is hoping to follow them.
"I would have known them well enough. They are both a bit older than I was. I was senior infants when Sean was in sixth class. I would have known of him but not much.
"They are both good lads and seriously talented rugby players.
"I have a bit of line there to follow if it all works out," said Daly, who is heading into the Munster academy after being in the sub-academy.
He featured for Castleisland and has joined Garryowen after moving to Limerick to study psychology and history at UL.
"It was very enjoyable with Castleisland, we are a J2 club and it was difficult to leave them.
"Hopefully I stay injury-free and just continue to make progress. I was happy with what I did in the sub-academy and had hoped to make the Six Nations squad so it is great to be here," he added.
The task facing Ireland tomorrow is quite clear, a defeat to Japan and they will be relegated to the World Trophy next year and will not participate for the first time since this tournament started in 2008.
The lowly status of their match is illustrated by an 11.0am kick-off on one of the back pitches at Stade de la Mediterranee in Beziers.
Ireland v Japan, tomorrow,
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