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Bright spark Daly is hoping to make pro breakthrough

By John Fallon

The World Rugby Under-20s 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.

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.

Galwey's nephew McCarthy and Hanrahan featured for the Irish at the Under-20s Championships on their way into professional rugby and Daly is hoping to follow them.

"They are both good lads and seriously talented rugby players," he said. "I have a bit of a line there to follow if it all works out.

"Hopefully I stay injury-free and continue to make progress."

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 11am kick-off on one of the back pitches at Stade de la Mediterranee in Beziers.

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