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Ireland Squad

With three warm-up games down, Joe Schmidt will name the 31 names in his World Cup squad and submit it by the close of the 31st of August. The Blues Talk team have each picked what they think the squad will be. Two provisos – firstly, it is assumed that everyone in the squad is fit and secondly, these selections were made on Friday afternoon before the Wales game.

Jason’s Selection

Forwards

Backs

Cian Healy Conor Murray
Jack McGrath Eoin Reddan
Mike Ross Jonathan Sexton
Marty Moore Paddy Jackson
Michael Bent Ian Madigan
Richardt Strauss Robbie Henshaw
Sean Cronin Jared Payne
Rory Best Darren Cave
Paul O’Connell Keith Earls
Devin Toner Luke Fitzgerald
Donnacha Ryan Simon Zebo
Ian Henderson Tommy Bowe
Peter O’Mahoney Felix Jones
Sean O’Brien Rob Kearney
Chris Henry
Jordi Murphy
Jamie Heaslip

 

Jason thinks that Andy Trimble might go instead of Cave or Felix Jones, but he has played precious little rugby in last season.  Dave Kearney has been getting good reviews in the papers so Jason thinks he might be a dark horse for inclusion.  He alone went with the 2 scrum halves option but still thinks that Joe could easily bring Isaac Boss.

 

John’s Selection

Forwards

Backs

Cian Healy Conor Murray
Jack McGrath Eoin Reddan
Mike Ross Isaac Boss
Marty Moore Jonathan Sexton
Michael Bent Paddy Jackson
Richardt Strauss Ian Madigan
Sean Cronin Robbie Henshaw
Rory Best Jared Payne
Paul O’Connell Keith Earls
Devin Toner Luke Fitzgerald
Donnacha Ryan Simon Zebo
Ian Henderson Tommy Bowe
Peter O’Mahoney Andrew Trimble
Sean O’Brien Rob Kearney
Chris Henry
Jordi Murphy
Jamie Heaslip

 

Dave’s Selection

Forwards

Backs

Cian Healy Conor Murray
Jack McGrath Eoin Reddan
Mike Ross Isaac Boss
Marty Moore Jonathan Sexton
Michael Bent Paddy Jackson
Richardt Strauss Ian Madigan
Sean Cronin Robbie Henshaw
Rory Best Jared Payne
Paul O’Connell Keith Earls
Devin Toner Luke Fitzgerald
Donnacha Ryan Dave Kearney
Ian Henderson Tommy Bowe
Peter O’Mahoney Andrew Trimble
Sean O’Brien Rob Kearney
Chris Henry
Jordi Murphy
Jamie Heaslip

 

What all three selections show is how little variation there is in what those involved believe the squad will be. All three sets of forwards are identical and the only variation behind the scrum is where Jason thinks that there might be chance that Joe will take only two scrum halves and the last back position between Zebo, Jones, Trimble and Kearney minor.

 

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Posted August 30, 2015 by bluestalktv in Ireland, Leinster, Rugby

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