Ireland's World Cup rugby squad 2011

Ahead of the 2011 rugby world cup that is edging ever closer, Ireland coach Declan Kidney has selected what he believes to be the thirty players best equipped to make a real impact in New Zealand.

Picking your world cup rugby squad for 2011 let alone any other year is never an easy task to fulfill and there are always likely to be a few surprise inclusions and omissions, and this year has been no different with the call up of Conor Murray, a decision that surprised even the player himself. Many had expected scrum half Tomas O'Leary from Munster to be included but Coach Kidney has instead opted for Murray who only has one test appearance to his name as of yet. Rated by Skybet at 33/1 to win the rugby world cup, it seems pundits aren't expecting a huge threat from the Irish squad but stranger things have happened.

Ireland complete their preparation for the world cup on Saturday when they play England in a 4:30 kick-off before flying out to New Zealand and commence their world cup campaign in pool C against the USA on the 11th of September. The full Ireland squad is listed below:

Forwards: Rory Best, Tony Buckley, Tom Court, Sean Cronin, Leo Cullen, Stephen Ferris, Jerry Flannery, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Denis Leamy, Sean O'Brien, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Mike Ross, Donnacha Ryan, David Wallace.

Backs: Isaac Boss, Tommy Bowe, Gordon D'Arcy, Keith Earls, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Geordan Murphy, Conor Murray, Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, Eoin Reddan, Jonathon Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace.


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