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09-08-2015, 12:50   #1
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Your irish 23 for the 2019 rugby world cup

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.
This was done before the last world cup.
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...p?t=2056389107

So anyone want to try predict a squad for 4 years time?
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09-08-2015, 13:17   #2
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Everyone was terrible the last time, really bad. Nobody picked POC, a lot of people dropped people too quickly in general.

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No Sexton at 34? Reckon he'll still be the main out half till after the 2019 World Cup.
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No Sexton at 34? Reckon he'll still be the main out half till after the 2019 World Cup.
No, I'll keep going with Madigan, O'Gara at 34 was declining fast
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09-08-2015, 15:00   #6
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5. Dave Foley (31)
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20. Jake Heenan (27)/Rhys Ruddock (28)
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I like the homogeneity, from 26 to 31 y.o could mean cohesion
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Ringrose??
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No, I'll keep going with Madigan, O'Gara at 34 was declining fast
Very true about O'Gara. I don't think Sexton has had as many hard battles as O'Gara so hopefully for Ireland he can last till 2019. The IRFU will carefully manage him that's for certain.
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09-08-2015, 15:15   #10
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Very true about O'Gara. I don't think Sexton has had as many hard battles as O'Gara so hopefully for Ireland he can last till 2019. The IRFU will carefully manage him that's for certain.
Sexton has a contract til 2019 anyway.

Only way he doesn't make next World Cup is injury.
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I didn't read the "4 years time" part and thought everybody was gone mad there for a minute.
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09-08-2015, 15:22   #12
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Having seen how badly wrong people were 4 years ago this is a pretty difficult task. I think there are always far fewer changes than people think and then of course there are bolsters like Henshaw who are impossible to predict because they are only 16 or 17 now.

15 Stuart Olding - if he manages to stay fit I think we'll find that he may move position, he could even up at 10, but I've liked what I seen of him at FB. Kearney could easily still be in position though.
14 Luke Fitzgerald - all his injuries to date may prolong his career
13 Robbie Henshaw - safe bet, although Ringrose is a talent
12 Sam Arnold - only 19 and already has a couple of pro 12 caps under his belt and has already been promoted from the Ulster academy, I think he is quite a prospect.
11 Simon Zebo - May make the 11 jersey his own once Bowe and Trimble etc retire
10 Paddy Jackson - Sexton may still be a factor and then there are the likes of Byrne and JJ, but I think Jackson is most likely to be the 10.
9 Conor Murray - safe bet
1 Cian Healy - injury allowing a safe bet
2 Sean Cronin - next in line to Best
3 Tadgh Furlong - very promising TH, could make the position his own for 10 years
4 Devin Toner - struggling here a bit, but I think Toner could still be around, he isn't renowned for his pace and athleticism so age shouldn't dim his strengths
5 Iain Henderson - will be in the team, not sure if in the second row or back row
6 Peter O'Mahony - if he is in the team will be captain
7 Sean O'Brien - hopefully his body holds up
8 Jack O'Donoghue - very impressed by what I've seen of JOD. He could well be Heaslip's successor.
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09-08-2015, 18:01   #14
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Everyone was terrible the last time, really bad. Nobody picked POC, a lot of people dropped people too quickly in general.

15. JJ Hanrahan (27)
14. Rory Scholes (26)
13. Robbie Henshaw (26)
12. Stuart Olding (26)
11. Luke Fitzgerald (31)
10. Ross Byrne (24)
9. Conor Murray (30)
8. Jamie Heaslip (35)
7. Sean O'Brien (32)
6. Peter O'Mahony (29)
5. Dave Foley (31)
4. Iain Henderson (27)
3. Martin Moore (28)
2. Duncan Casey (28)
1. Cian Healy (31)

16. Bryan Byrne (25)
17. Jack McGrath (29)
18. Tadhg Furlong (26)
19. John Madigan (25)
20. Jack O'Donoghue (25)/Jake Heenan (27)/Rhys Ruddock (28)
21. Kieran Marmion (27)
22. Paddy Jackson (27)
23. Keith Earls (31)
Can totally see Heaslip playing when hes 35, a Neanderthal, even injuries are scared to go near him.
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12 Sam Arnold - only 19 and already has a couple of pro 12 caps under his belt and has already been promoted from the Ulster academy, I think he is quite a prospect.
Where'd you hear that he had already been promoted, have ulster announced it or something?
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