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Jonathan Sexton


Andy Farrell

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Keith Earls(8)

Most points

Ronan O’Gara(93)

The ever-present Irish side are a consistent threat in international rugby. However, despite their pedigree, they surprisingly have never progressed past a quarter-finals stage of a Rugby World Cup. They will be keen to take any Six Nations and international form into Rugby World Cup 2023. At Rugby World Cup 2019, Ireland were upset in the pool stage by hosts Japan. As a result, they had to play New Zealand in the quarter-finals, who won in resounding fashion. They will rue lost chances from that campaign, and be keen to make amends.

Key Player: Tadhg Furlong

The prop powerhouse, Furlong has been a key member of the men in green. He’s an integral part of their scrum success, provides strong carries in general play, and possesses ball-playing skills that aren’t often seen by the big men.

X-factor: James Lowe

Born in New Zealand, Lowe became eligible to play for Ireland in 2020 after several impressive seasons for Leinster. With his ability to cover positions across the backline, he’s a player who could perform well from a starting position or provide great versatility off the bench.

Why they can win

Sheer determination. Ireland are overdue for Rugby World Cup success and their side will be driven by the expectation and desperation of an entire nation.

Ireland's RWC 2023 Pool Matches

Ireland's RWC 2023 Pool Matches


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