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Daniel Brennan Gives Best Interview You'll See By A French Player

Daniel Brennan Gives Best Interview You'll See By A French Player

The majority of Daniel Brennan's life may have been spent living in France but you would not guess that from his accent.

On Tuesday night, Brennan - the son of former Ireland international Trevor Brennan - came off the bench to help France to a World U20 Championship semi-final win against New Zealand.

"Absolutely bloody delighted!" was the 19-year-old's uninhibited reaction when asked how he felt about the win.

Daniel - a 6' 4" 130kg tighthead prop - moved to France when his father joined Toulouse in 2002. Trevor Brennan would become a legend at the club, winning two Heineken Cups.

Daniel grew up playing for Toulouse but will this summer join Montpellier on what was reported to be a three-year deal. He will do so despite interest from Clermont, Castres and Munster.

In an interview with Rugby World this month, Daniel said he turned down the move to Munster because he wants to stay within the French system.

He also spoke about choosing France over Ireland: "I’m proud of my Irish blood but I’ve played all my rugby in France. The country has been good to me and my family, and I love pulling on that French jersey."

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France will play England in the final, a prospect which excites Daniel.

"It's going to be absolutely amazing. I'm really looking forward to it. The boys are already pumped. The mindset is already there now. It's going to be a tough game, we know that, but we're going to be there."

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