Ireland Vs Scotland Guessing Ireland's Finest 23 for the Rugby World Cup

Posted by World Wide Tickets And Hospitality on May 30th, 2023

With the Irish shires done for the season Munster winners of the URC, Leinster hurting and empty-handed, Ulster at a junction, and Connacht with hope ahead of next year we have taken a look at a likely Ireland national rugby 23 men squad for the France Rugby World Cup.

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Ireland Vs Scotland Guessing Ireland's Finest 23 for the Rugby World Cup
Ireland Vs Scotland Guessing Ireland's Finest 23 for the Rugby World Cup

Andrew Porter as Loose Head Prop. A shoo-in at 1. Has had some scrummaging matters with Leinster that aren't as dominant with Ireland, but will want to improve in this area. Dan Sheehan as a Hooker, was in the chat for best in the world at his place, and was in the argument for Champions Cup final MOTM had Leinster won. He has enhanced his physicality this season as well.

An area in which his closest competitor, Ronan Kelleher, would have been fast. Tadhg Furlong as a Tight Head Prop. He has writhed for form and fitness this season, while Finlay Bealham had a superb Six Nations in his absenteeism. He still has more than enough in the bank to start RWC, but do not be amazed if the Connacht man achieves to overtake him something which would have been ignored a few years back.

Locks and Flankers for Ireland Rugby World Cup side

Tadhg Beirne was missing for the Six Nations but has come back and been close to his best during Munster's URC run. A fit and firing Beirne is one of the best in the world in any place and can bring Ireland’s RWC side to a new level. James Ryan, after a loss of form in 2021, is back and even better than he was in 2018. He has added a real hard edge to his game and his line-out work has been excellent on both sides of the ball.

Peter O'Mahony is a Blindside Flanker, 33 years old and playing the best rugby of his career since the summer tour to New Zealand. Like Berine’s poaching, O’Mahoney’s lineout work could be a vital point of difference in a tight Rugby World Cup knockout game. However, he will have to be on his toes given the outstanding form of Jack Conan, and Farrell's history of replacing the two players.

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Josh van der Flier is an Openside Flanker, 2023 World Rugby Player of the Year. Caelan Doris as Number Eight, has established himself as one of the premier players in the world when on form, and shaped one of the all-time Irish routines against France in the Six Nations. Tends to have a bigger impression and is more freed up when playing eight, with O'Mahony at blindside. Rugby fans can book Ireland Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Scrum-Half and out-half for France Rugby World Cup 2023

Jamison Gibson-Park and Conor Murray may have been brilliant in the first few rounds of the 2023 Six Nations, but JGP's return against Scotland showed just how vital he is to Ireland's play style. Such a treat to have a one-two punch of that quality with Gibson-Park and Murray. Johnny Sexton is an Out-Half, and still Ireland's most vital player. Will be back for the RWC, and well-rested, but will be hoping that nothing comes of his post-Champions Cup final tricks.

James Lowe is a Left Wing, that left boot still feels like a cheat code at times, while his defence as greatly better since his early days in an Irish jersey. Robbie Henshaw is an Inside Centre, bringing a different level of physicality and doggedness than the rest of the centre options for RWC. Game time has been sporadic this season but put in two outstanding shifts for Leinster in successive weeks - against Munster and La Rochelle just in time for world cup preparation.

RWC 2023: Outside Centre, Right Wing and Fullback

Garry Ringrose enjoying the best season of his profession, and has been superb on both sides of the ball. Like most of the side, he will be hurting badly after Leinster's Champions Cup final loss. Hopefully, they can station that hurt in the right direction at the Rugby World Cup. Mack Hansen is a Right Wing, his performance against Scotland was one of the most rounded wing showings ever in an Irish jersey.

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As he popped up everywhere on the field when it looked like Ireland might crack. Hugo Keenan is a Fullback another one of the first names on the side sheet given his consistency, lack of errors, and the lack of a clear standby. A player who keeps getting better, and comes to the France Rugby World Cup, it will be stimulating to see what string he has added to his bow.

Bench strength for Rugby World Cup 2023

Cian Healy’s cameo at hooker against Scotland augmented his value to the 23, tenfold. Ronan Kelleher a return to his best form could see him be a better option than Sheehan in certain matchups, given Kelleher's prowess in the scrum. Finlay Bealham had an amazing season for the Connacht man and if the RWC began tomorrow he would probably start.

Ryan Baird is so tight between himself and Henderson, but Baird's fit dynamism offers something different to anyone else in the RWC squad. Jack Conan, nearly always has a big impact off the bench and will continue to give Andy Farrell a selection headache. Ross Byrne will be feeling the pressure from Jack Crowley, but his Six Nations acts and goal-kicking stand him in good stead. Rugby fans can buy Scotland Rugby World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

Scotland assistant trainers make decisions over their future while the trio is retained for Rugby World Cup

Scotland assistant trainers Steve Tandy, John Dalziel and Pieter de Villiers have put pen to paper on new contracts until April 2026, it’s been confirmed. On the back of head coach Gregor Townsend recently spreading his deal, the backroom team has now also recommitted for the long-term in a show of faith. Defence coach Tandy, forwards coach Dalziel and scrum coach De Villiers all joined the national set-up in 2020 and have become main members of the staff.

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The extensions have been confirmed just weeks after Townsend re-signed, with the head coach’s previous deal having been set to end after the Rugby World Cup. A real boost for Scotland the news that Steve, John and Pieter have stretched their agreements is a real boost, Townsend told Scottish Rugby. They are all main members of the coaching group and provide priceless support to our players and me.

New Zealand have made a hugely positive impact on Scotland Rugby World Cup team

Since coming on the panel all three have made a hugely positive impact not only on their separate areas but also on our all-round game and the environment. I’d like to thank Scottish Rugby for their support in keeping this training group together for the next few years. We enjoy working with each other and are resolute to do all we can to bring out the best in this special squad of RWC players.

Glasgow Warriors associate coach Pete Horne and ex-All Blacks assistant coach Brad Mooar both joined Scotland’s training group as associate attack coaches for the Six Nations campaign earlier this year, and they will continue their roles during the build-up to the France Rugby World Cup and into the contest itself. It’s great news that we’ve been able to secure the services of Pete and Brad for the world cup too, said Townsend.

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