Declan Kidney’s 30-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was announced. The squad will be captained by Brian O’Driscoll and contains a split of 16 forwards and 14 backs.
Backs – Isaac Boss, Tommy Bowe, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Geordon Murphy, Conor Murray, Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace.
Forwards – Rory Best, Tony Buckley, Tom Court, Sean Cronin, Leo Cullen, Stephen Ferris, Jerry Flannery, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Denis Leamy, Sean O’Brien, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross, Donnacha Ryan and David Wallace.
Are you confident with the team announced above?
How do you feel with the exclusion of players like Luke Fitzgerald and Thomas O’Leary?
In my opinion he has announced a strong team, with the exception of some players who seem to be lacking in performance like Rory Best and Keith Earls.
Looking back at the game against France in the Aviva Stadium the Irish team started very strong.
They went through their phases with a high retention rate leading to a try in the corner by prop Cian Healy. After the first 10 minutes it all went downhill with bad decisions, giving away penalties and rather than playing their own game the Irish team tried to keep up with the French. We are starting to get back into our old ways, a strong first and last ten minutes but after you consider everything our chances in this RWC11 are pretty good.
There are no sides in the northern hemisphere that are playing strong; it’s the teams in the southern hemisphere that could cause any problems. Ireland is in the same grouping as Australia, if they have anything over us it’s their youthfulness. The All-Blacks are playing well with their backs on fire while under the leadership of Richie Mccaw and South Africa seem to be having their own problems with coach Peter de Villiers pointing out his own weaknesses. So they are the problems that Ireland may encounter.