A lot is expected of Ireland heading to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but can they deliver?

Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Ireland are unquestionably one of the favourites going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup. After knocking at the door for years, their pragmatic and ruthlessly efficient style has seen them become, deservedly, the No 2 side in the world. A November Test against New Zealand was highly anticipated and like Chicago in 2016, the Irish came out on top.

How They Qualified

Ireland were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

Jonathan Sexton is the beating heart of Ireland at fly-half and forms a savvy half-back pairing with Conor Murray. In the pack, tighthead Tadhg Furlong is the cornerstone of the scrum.

Top Class: Murray and Sexton will be the key axis for Ireland (Getty Images)

The Coach – Joe Schmidt

A precise, demanding and brilliant Kiwi coach. He oversaw Ireland’s first-ever win over the All Blacks in 2016 and a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018, as well as championship titles in 2014 and 2015. He also led Leinster to two European Cups and before that was an assistant at Clermont when they won the Top 14 in 2010.

Impact: Joe Schmidt has had a huge effect on the Ireland side (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons?

Against Australia in the summer, Ireland were unstuck by a punishing defence and breakdown thievery. Used to being the aggressors, they must not get rattled when pressure goes the other way.

Ireland Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups

  • Saturday 10 August 2019: Ireland 29-10 Italy
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: England v Ireland, (Twickenham), KO TBC
  • Saturday 31 August 2019: Wales v Ireland, (Principality Stadium), KO TBC
  • Saturday 7 September 2019: Ireland v Wales, (Aviva Stadium), KO TBC

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Ireland Rugby World Cup Group

Ireland are in Group A alongside Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa.

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Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama)
  • Sat 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka)
  • Thu 3 Oct Ireland v Russia (Kobe)
  • Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka)

Foes: Ireland will face Scotland during the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images)

Ireland Rugby World Cup Squad

Ireland have just announced their wider training squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Forwards (24): 
Finlay Bealham (Connacht),
Rory Best (Ulster),
Tadhg Beirne (Munster),
Jack Conan (Leinster),
Sean Cronin (Leinster),
Ultan Dillane (Connacht),
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster),
Cian Healy (Leinster),
Iain Henderson (Ulster),
Rob Herring (Ulster),
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster),
Jean Kleyn (Munster),
Jack McGrath (Leinster),
Jordi Murphy (Ulster),
Tommy O’Donnell (Munster),
Peter O’Mahony (Munster),
Andrew Porter (Leinster),
Rhys Ruddock (Leinster),
James Ryan (Leinster),
John Ryan (Munster),
Niall Scannell (Munster),
CJ Stander (Munster),
Devin Toner (Leinster),
Josh van der Flier (Leinster).

Backs (20):
Bundee Aki (Connacht),
Ross Byrne (Leinster),
Joey Carbery (Munster),
Jack Carty (Connacht),
Andrew Conway (Munster),
John Cooney (Ulster),
Keith Earls (Munster),
Chris Farrell (Munster),
Mike Haley (Munster),
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster),
Dave Kearney (Leinster),
Rob Kearney (Leinster),
Jordan Larmour (Leinster),
Kieran Marmion (Connacht),
Luke McGrath (Leinster),
Conor Murray (Munster),
Garry Ringrose (Leinster),
Rory Scannell (Munster),
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster),
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster).

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Previous World Cup Results and Record

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P35 W21 D0 L14

  • 1987 Quarter-finals
  • 1991 Quarter-finals
  • 1995 Quarter-finals
  • 1999 Quarter-final play-offs
  • 2003 Quarter-finals
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Quarter-finals
  • 2015 Quarter-finals

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