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Your irish 22 for the 2015 rugby world cup

  • 14-09-2011 4:13pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,412 ✭✭✭ chupacabra


    I know threads like this are utterly pointless but its fun to put our opinions up based on what we THINK we know now and then look back in years to come and see how right or how terribly wrong we were.

    Here's mine assuming that by 2015 we have 23 man squads:

    15. Felix Jones
    14. Andrew Conway
    13. Nevin Spence
    12. Fergus McFadden
    11. Keith Earls
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    9. Luke McGrath
    8. Jamie Heaslip (c)
    7. Dominic Ryan
    6. Sean O'Brien
    5. Dan Tuohy
    4. Ian Nagle
    3. Jamie Hagan
    2. Richard Strauss
    1. Cian Healy

    16. Sean Cronin
    17. Jack O'Connell
    18. Stewart Maguire
    19. Dave O'Callaghan
    20. Rhys Ruddock
    21. Conor Murray
    22. JJ Hanrahan
    23. Eoin Griffin

    Honorable mentions or shouts for squad players: Tiernan O'Halloran, Paddy Butler, Peter O'Mahony, Paddy McAllister, Brendan Macken, Mike Sherry and too many more to name


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,915 ✭✭✭ MungBean


    Earls wont be there, his place will be taken in the next two years. Theres too many excellent wingers coming through. Surprised you made no mention of Fionn Carr.


  • Registered Users Posts: 855 joshrogan


    Why not murray at scrum half OP.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,412 ✭✭✭ chupacabra


    joshrogan wrote: »
    Why not murray at scrum half OP.

    Luke McGrath has such immense potential. I think it will be a horses for courses situation with an intelligent coach simply picking the form half back pairing for their province.


  • Registered Users Posts: 119 ✭✭ Kinger83


    Plus Sean O'Brien is starting and subbing.. i know he's good but not that good surely...


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,412 ✭✭✭ chupacabra


    Kinger83 wrote: »
    Plus Sean O'Brien is starting and subbing.. i know he's good but not that good surely...

    haha hangover brain fart


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,429 ✭✭✭✭ Cookiemunster


    I'd say Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitz might have something to say about your selection. They'll all still be around and in their prime in 4 years. (Well Bowe will be 31, but may ahve moved inside by then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 495 ✭✭ Malmedicine


    chupacabra wrote: »
    I know threads like this are utterly pointless but its fun to put our opinions up based on what we THINK we know now and then look back in years to come and see how right or how terribly wrong we were.

    Here's mine assuming that by 2015 we have 23 man squads:

    15. Felix Jones
    14. Andrew Conway
    13. Nevin Spence
    12. Fergus McFadden
    11. Keith Earls
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    9. Luke McGrath
    8. Jamie Heaslip (c)
    7. Dominic Ryan
    6. Sean O'Brien
    5. Dan Tuohy
    4. Ian Nagle
    3. Jamie Hagan
    2. Richard Strauss
    1. Cian Healy

    16. Sean O'Brien
    17. Jack O'Connell
    18. Stewart Maguire
    19. Dave O'Callaghan
    20. Rhys Ruddock
    21. Conor Murray
    22. JJ Hanrahan
    23. Eoin Griffin

    Honorable mentions or shouts for squad players: Tiernan O'Halloran, Paddy Butler, Peter O'Mahony, Paddy McAllister, Brendan Macken, Mike Sherry and too many more to name


    No Ferris, No Trimble, No Bowe, No Gilroy, No O'Malley if your opinion cool but there are players at this world cup who should be in their prime by the next one!


  • Registered Users Posts: 495 ✭✭ Malmedicine


    I'd say Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitz might have something to say about your selection. They'll all still be around and in their prime in 4 years. (Well Bowe will be 31, but may ahve moved inside by then.

    Damn you beat me to it!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 955 sickpuppy


    I'd say Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitz might have something to say about your selection. They'll all still be around and in their prime in 4 years. (Well Bowe will be 31, but may ahve moved inside by then.

    With the injuries Ferris has had and lack of cartilage in one of his knees id be shocked if hes playing rugby for a living in 4 years.
    Harrison Brewer is still a schoolboy but has huge potential in the backrow and is of good stock his father Mike Brewer was capped32 times by the all blacks and sacked from lots of jobs


  • Registered Users Posts: 999 ✭✭✭ Hype710


    Sure its a bitta fun so why not. I predict a fairly young team at the next world cup, particularily if we have a new, less conservative coach.

    R Kearney
    A Conway
    N Spence
    L Marshall
    C Gilroy
    J Sexton
    C Murray
    J Heaslip (C)
    D Ryan
    S O' Brien
    I Nagle
    S Sykes
    J Hagan
    M Sherry
    C Healy

    R Strauss
    P McAllister
    S Archer
    A Browne
    P O' Mahony
    L McGrath
    I Keatley
    D Kearney


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  • Registered Users Posts: 948 ✭✭✭ SSK


    I'm not an Ulster fan but Marshall, Jackson, Gilroy and MacAllister and possibly a few more should all play for Ireland over the next few years and are potentially a good bit better than some of the players you have listed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,041 ✭✭✭ who the fug


    22. JJ Hanrahan

    Is he really that good


  • Registered Users Posts: 135 ✭✭ bm1993


    Kearney
    Bowe
    O'Malley
    Fitzgerald
    Earls
    Sexton
    Murray
    Healy
    Strauss
    Hagan
    Ferris
    POC (maybe)
    SOB
    Dom Ryan
    Heaslip

    Reps
    Cronin
    ?
    Tuohy/Nagle
    Ruddock
    ?
    Madigan
    McFadden


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 376 ✭✭ LK_Dave


    but who will be team manager?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 955 sickpuppy


    LK_Dave wrote: »
    but who will be team manager?

    Eric Elwood after guiding Connacht to the heineken cup final in 2014 on a meagre budget :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 376 ✭✭ LK_Dave


    sickpuppy wrote: »
    Eric Elwood after guiding Connacht to the heineken cup final in 2014 on a meagre budget :)


    you can always dream.


  • Registered Users Posts: 135 ✭✭ bm1993


    LK_Dave wrote: »
    but who will be team manager?

    As long as it's not DK. Nick Mallett, Joe Schmidt or John Kirwan would be nice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ hsbc


    O'Driscoll to come out of International retirement to guide us to WC glory?


  • Registered Users Posts: 817 Kayless


    bm1993 wrote: »
    As long as it's not DK. Nick Mallett, Joe Schmidt or John Kirwan would be nice.
    hsbc wrote: »
    O'Driscoll to come out of International retirement to guide us to WC glory?

    O'Driscoll & POC to co manage!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,834 ✭✭✭ theboss80


    sickpuppy wrote: »
    Eric Elwood after guiding Connacht to the heineken cup final in 2014 on a meagre budget :)

    Ye would need to be sponsored by Carlsberg :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭ Brendan97


    Ireland Team 2015
    Manager:Joe Schmidt

    15.R Kearney
    14.A Trimble
    13.T Bowe
    12.F McFadden
    11.K Earls
    10.J Sexton
    9.C Murray
    8.J Heaslip
    7.D Ryan
    6.S O'Brien
    5.D Tuohy
    4.S Ferris
    3.J Hagan
    2.S Cronin
    1.C Healy


  • Registered Users Posts: 776 dtpc191991


    15.Rob Kearney
    14.Craig Gilroy
    13. Eoin O'Malley
    12. Nevin Spence
    11. Luke Fitzgerald
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    09. Luke McGrath
    08. Jamie Heaslip (Captain)
    07. Dominic Ryan
    06. Sean O'Brien
    05. Dan Tuohy
    04. Ian Nagle
    03. Jamie Hagan
    02. Mike Sherry
    01. Cian Healey

    23. Felix Jones
    22. Paddy Jackson
    21.Connor Murray
    20.Stephen Ferris
    19.Dave O'Callaghan
    18.S.Archer
    17. Paddy McAllister
    16. Richard Strauss.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,257 Hagz


    1. Cian Healy
    2. Richardt Strauss
    3. Tadhg Furlong
    4. Mark Flanagan
    5. Ian Nagle
    6. Sean O'Brien
    7. Dominic Ryan
    8. Jamie Heaslip (c)
    9. Luke McGrath
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    11. Craig Gilroy
    12. Dave McSharry
    13. Brendan Macken
    14. Andrew Conway
    15. Rob Kearney

    16. Mike Sherry
    17. Paddy McAllister
    18. Dan Tuohy
    19. Rhys Ruddock
    20. Conor Murray
    21. Luke Marshall
    22. Keith Earls

    Such an impossible task. McAllister, Tuohy, Spence, Marshall (Paul), Faloon, Trimble, O'Halloran, Kearney (Mick), Carr, Fitzgerald, McFadden, Morris, Keating, Moore, McGrath, Brewer, O'Malley, Kearney (Dave), Jones, Zebo, O'Mahony, Butler, Keatley. Sure how are you supposed to choose.

    I just named a team I'd like to see.


  • Registered Users Posts: 776 dtpc191991


    Has Strauss announced whether or not he'll be willing to play for Ireland once he's qualified?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,257 Hagz


    dtpc191991 wrote: »
    Has Strauss announced whether or not he'll be willing to play for Ireland once he's qualified?

    Don't open up that can of worms.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,591 ambid


    bm1993 wrote: »
    As long as it's not DK. Nick Mallett, Joe Schmidt or John Kirwan would be nice.

    Or Conor O'Shea or Mark McCall or Michael Cheika?

    Keatley has only been mentioned once so far, but I expect him to figure (although I reeeeeally hope the Sexton-ROG debate isn't replaced by a Sexton-Keatley debate in four years!).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,784 ✭✭✭ Superbus


    Hagz wrote: »
    1. Cian Healy
    2. Richardt Strauss
    3. Tadhg Furlong
    4. Mark Flanagan
    5. Ian Nagle
    6. Sean O'Brien
    7. Dominic Ryan
    8. Jamie Heaslip (c)
    9. Luke McGrath
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    11. Craig Gilroy
    12. Dave McSharry
    13. Brendan Macken
    14. Andrew Conway
    15. Rob Kearney

    16. Mike Sherry
    17. Paddy McAllister
    18. Dan Tuohy
    19. Rhys Ruddock
    20. Conor Murray
    21. Luke Marshall
    22. Keith Earls

    2019 maybe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6 ✭✭✭ nooner09


    Hagz wrote: »
    1. Cian Healy
    2. Richardt Strauss
    3. Tadhg Furlong
    4. Mark Flanagan
    5. Ian Nagle
    6. Sean O'Brien
    7. Dominic Ryan
    8. Jamie Heaslip (c)
    9. Luke McGrath
    10. Jonathan Sexton
    11. Craig Gilroy
    12. Dave McSharry
    13. Brendan Macken
    14. Andrew Conway
    15. Rob Kearney

    16. Mike Sherry
    17. Paddy McAllister
    18. Dan Tuohy
    19. Rhys Ruddock
    20. Conor Murray
    21. Luke Marshall
    22. Keith Earls

    Such an impossible task. McAllister, Tuohy, Spence, Marshall (Paul), Faloon, Trimble, O'Halloran, Kearney (Mick), Carr, Fitzgerald, McFadden, Morris, Keating, Moore, McGrath, Brewer, O'Malley, Kearney (Dave), Jones, Zebo, O'Mahony, Butler, Keatley. Sure how are you supposed to choose.

    I just named a team I'd like to see.

    How did Nagle and Gilroy, like, sneak on there? Nagle's only hope would be as a total Kidney pet. Some guys with serious lock potential in Junior Cup this year and where's Fionn, the legend?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,257 Hagz


    Superbus wrote: »
    2019 maybe.

    4 years time.

    Healy (28)
    Strauss (28)
    Furlong (22) Definitely a long shot. But he's proved himself to be quite the prodigy at age 18. Come 2015 he'll be 22.
    Flanagan (25) - who else would you have? Tuohy will be 30 and I doubt he'll stay on top by then. Which leaves maybe Mick Kearney, and Flanagan has as much chance as Kearney.
    Nagle (26)
    SOB (28)
    Ryan (25) - not much opensides tbh. Other than Faloon.
    Heaslip (31)
    McGrath (22) No doubt about it. He'll be getting a quality amount of games next season. Prodigy.
    Sexton (30)
    Gilroy (25) If he keeps up his strike-rate, I don't see why not. Earls is the only other person I can see. Fitz will/should move into the centre.
    McSharry (26) - Marshall, Fitzgerald are the other options. I went with McSharry purely because he's a personal favorite.
    Macken (25) By the time he's 25 I expect him to be physically massive. Other options are Spence, Cave, Barnes, EOM, Griffin, McFadden and Bowe.
    Conway (25) No doubt about it. Another prodigy
    Kearney (29)

    The only guys who are seriously unlikely to have some caps under their belt by then are, McSharry, Macken and Furlong.

    EDIT: Fionn Carr will be going on 30. If he still has the pace, then I guess he's an option, but tbh the only thing he's got going for him is his pace.


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  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 9,365 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mayordenis


    Earls will be there, I'll bet my bollocks on it.


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