Rugby World Cup: Predicting Ireland's 30-Man Squad

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Rugby World Cup: Predicting Ireland's 30-Man Squad
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The Tri-Nations started today, and the Rugby World Cup is looming large on the horizon.

While there is still Rugby to be played in the Southern Hemisphere, one would hope that the Northern teams have a fair idea of their 30-man squads. With only warm-up games to go, not knowing the best team and replacements at this stage would be a worrying sign.

And, of all the Northern Hemisphere sides, the team most likely to make a run at the Rugby World Cup this year has got to be Ireland. France, while on any given day they are a world class side, are in disarray and are utterly unpredictable.

England won the 6 nations but were badly beaten and, being honest, totally outclassed by an Ireland side in the final game who showed real passion, skill and fury. If Ireland play to that level come the World Cup, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

So here is my prediction of the 30 men Ireland will be bringing to the World Cup. I will list them in order, and give a run down of the likely starters, replacements and in certain cases the men unlucky not to make the squad.

Note that this is not the definitive list, merely a prediction. Feel free to agree or disagree below. Enjoy reading! 

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