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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Jack Canning off to Australia after making rugby switch

Jack Canning. Photo: Sportsfile
Jack Canning. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

The sight of Jack Canning lining out for Galway's hurlers alongside his uncle Joe will have to be put on the back-burner for the immediate future as the young Portumna ace intends to pursue a rugby career in Australia.

One of the iconic images of the 2017 GAA season was the pair celebrating All-Ireland minor and senior success on the Croke Park sod on a special day for the Tribesmen, but Canning has opted to park hurling for the time being and switch attention to the oval ball.

The precocious 19-year-old is set to join up with the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club in Sydney early in the New Year, spending at least nine months Down Under as he looks to carve out a rugby career.

Canning was part of the Galway squad which collected Leinster U-21 honours earlier this year but having played three years of Senior Cup rugby during his schooling with Cistercian College Roscrea, he is no stranger to the game and will arrive with a lofty reputation.

Meanwhile, Cork hurling boss John Meyler has received a significant boost heading into 2019 with former captain Stephen McDonnell set to return to the Rebel fold having taken a year out due to business commitments.

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