Ireland confirm 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has finalised his 31 man squad for the 2015 Rugby
World Cup in England which will be captained by 103 cap Paul O’Connell.

The squad is made up of 17 Forwards and 14 Backs and has a total of 1043 caps
across the 31 players.

Seventeen players will make their tournament debuts at Rugby World Cup 2015
– Darren Cave, Luke Fitzgerald, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry,
Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Dave Kearney, Ian Madigan, Jack McGrath, Jordi
Murphy, Peter O’Mahony, Jared Payne, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Nathan White
and Simon Zebo.

Ireland Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, confirmed that the process of selecting the
squad was a difficult one, stating that “The players have worked incredibly
hard over the past two months. Sunday was a difficult and very long day for
the coaching team and an anxious one for many players.

There were some very tight decisions, particularly in the back three and it
was also a challenge to make sure that key positions were covered as much as
a squad of 31 players allows.

A number of players were very unlucky to miss selection. We know from observing
past World Cups that it’s important for us to keep track of their performances
because some of them are likely to be involved in the tournament.”

Ireland are in Pool D alongside Canada, Romania, Italy and France. Ireland’s
first game of the tournament comes against the Canadians at the Millennium Stadium
Cardiff on Saturday 19th September.

Ireland 2015 Rugby World Cup Squad

Forwards (17)
Rory Best
Sean Cronin
Tadhg Furlong
Cian Healy
Jamie Heaslip
Iain Henderson
Chris Henry
Jack McGrath
Jordi Murphy
Sean O’Brien
Paul O’Connell (c)
Peter O’Mahony
Mike Ross
Donnacha Ryan
Richardt Strauss
Devin Toner
Nathan White

Backs (14)
Tommy Bowe
Darren Cave
Keith Earls
Luke Fitzgerald
Robbie Henshaw
Paddy Jackson
David Kearney
Rob Kearney
Ian Madigan
Conor Murray
Jared Payne
Eoin Reddan
Jonathan Sexton
Simon Zebo

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