In this lull before the Rugby World Cup, I have decided to follow the lead of fellow esteemed bloggers and publish my thoughts on each top ten team heading into the World Cup Competition and what I think their chances are. Here are my thoughts on Ireland:
Current World Rank: 5
Random cliché: The pluck of the Irish
Murray Mexted most likely to say: ‘Everyone knows I’ve been pumping Gordon D’Arcy for a couple of seasons now’
Stephen Jones did say: ‘Ireland has a feeble scrum, weak scrum-half and undermanned lineout and unbalanced back row’ (ouch – don’t hold back Mr. Jones)
Main headline in the local rag when they lose: ‘It was a cheap shot’
Glamour boy: Brian O’Driscoll
Greatest Moment: Triple Crown winners for last two years running
Weakest Moment: Losing to France in the dying minutes of the 2007 Six Nations, thus ruining their best chance ever to date of winning the tournament.
Weak link: Ronan O’Gara’s tackling
Redeeming features: Keith Wood – ex captain and now star commentator. He even cried on telly in the last world cup when Ireland lost to Oz. A man that in not afraid to show his emotions and has a nice shiny head to boot. Great for Ireland and great for rugby.
Incumbent star: Paul O’Connell
Rising star: Gordon D’Arcy