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Josh Brennan Set To Captain France U18s Against Ireland Tomorrow

Josh Brennan Set To Captain France U18s Against Ireland Tomorrow

In what will be yet another proud moment for Papa Trev, Josh Brennan will captain the French U18 side when they take on their Irish counterparts in the first game of the second annual Six Nations Festival, tomorrow at Hartpury College's Gillman's Ground in Gloucester.

The 17-year-old, son of Leinster and Toulouse legend Trevor and brother to Montpellier's tighthead prop Daniel, will start at lock in tomorrow's clash.

The Six Nations Festival is contested by the U18 side's of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, along with France and Italy, over nine days, with each team scheduled to play at least three times before a finale at Kingsholm Stadium, home of Gloucester Rugby on Sunday week.

Scotland won the inaugural competition last year and will face Italy in their opening gambit tomorrow evening, with old rivals England and Wales the first to face-off in the early afternoon.

Brennan plays his club rugby, like his ex-Irish international father, at Toulouse. At over 6ft 5 and weighing close to 17 stone, the teenager is certainly sure to pack a punch in the French forward division.

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His brother Daniel, who has also taken the armband for the French U20s in recent seasons, left Toulon to join Top 14 rivals Montpellier at the beginning of last season.

Their flanker father won 13 caps in the green of his country between 1998 and 2001, including playing at the 1999 World Cup in Wales.

Brennan senior made the switch from Leinster to Toulouse in 2001 and despite falling out of favour with Irish selectors during his playing days in the south of France, he did go on to play in three Heineken Cup finals for his adopted home side, claiming winners medals in both 2003 and in 2005.

Tomorrow's matches will be available to watch on Freesports from midday.

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