Irish Province Tries To Lure France U20s Star Daniel Brennan Back To Ireland
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France U20s prop Daniel Brennan has revealed Munster have tried to lure him back to Ireland on more than one occasion.
Daniel, who is the son of former Leinster and Ireland forward Trevor Brennan, has been living in France since he was just three-years old and has played rugby right the whole way through their system.
Standing at over 6’3” and weighing over 20 stone, he’s played an integral role in the U20s’ march to the world championship final this year. But is he interested in a ever moving back home?
Well it turns the offer has been made by Munster, with Rassie Erasmus and Johann van Grann both making attempts to sign him. In the end Brennan chose to sign a three-year deal with Montpellier, but he says he could still end up back in Ireland at some stage.
Speaking to John Fallon of The42, Brennan says he ‘loves his Irish origins’, but he also ‘loves being French.’
“I had a chat with Rassie Erasmus last year.” Brennan said
I just said it’s not my time to leave France yet. I had the U20s this year. I had that noted on my notebook, I wanted to make the U20s. I played with them in Georgia last summer but it wasn’t my year and I wanted to be here when France hosted it.
There was a little chat at the start of the year, Johann van Graan. But I signed pretty early with Montpellier, in January. I just wanted to get it over and done with. I had the Six Nations coming up,”
I think I can still play for Ireland. I have always played rugby in France. I am born in Ireland. I am obviously really proud to be Irish. I love my Irish origins. I love where I come from. I love going home meeting everybody. But I also love being French.
“French rugby has been so good to me. They have always been good to me. Toulouse has been good to me. For school everyone has been good to me. It’s a way to give back, sticking on the French jersey, all the opportunities they have given me,” he added.
Brennan added that he wanted to learn from the likes Vern Cotter and Springbok tighthead Jannie du Plessis at Montpellier, but it appears a return to Ireland down the line could be on the cards once he has ‘learned his trade.’