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14-09-2011, 16:13   #1
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Your irish 22 for the 2015 rugby world cup

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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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.
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Why not murray at scrum half OP.
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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.
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Plus Sean O'Brien is starting and subbing.. i know he's good but not that good surely...
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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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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.
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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!
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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!
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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
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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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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.
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22. JJ Hanrahan

Is he really that good
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14-09-2011, 17:06   #14
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Kearney
Bowe
O'Malley
Fitzgerald
Earls
Sexton
Murray
Healy
Strauss
Hagan
Ferris
POC (maybe)
SOB
Dom Ryan
Heaslip

Reps
Cronin
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Tuohy/Nagle
Ruddock
?
Madigan
McFadden
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but who will be team manager?
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