Ireland Vs Scotland: Ireland may become Rugby World Cup 2023 champs
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In an RWC year, rugby followers drove to forecast winners and justify reasons for their team’s awaiting glory. I am not changed but not only have I shaped a habit of picking a winner, but also an underdog. They need not essentially win the competition, but they are a team that has the power to do brilliant things.
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In 2015, my choice was, of course, New Zealand. But my underdog was the Ireland Rugby World Cup team. I had seen scraps in the lead-up to the contest that showed the Irish could deliver a rousing routine and topple any of the top five sides on their day. However, I was left dissatisfied after their underwhelming quarter-final showing against Argentina, despite all the notional pieces to make a significant run.
Four years later, and while my selected underdog was Japan, Ireland once again showed their validity as an RWC nominee in the lead-up to the competition notching wins over New Zealand and a Six Nations label. But once again, it was not enough they underdelivered on rugby’s most significant stage.
RWC: Twice, in two drives, the Irish failed to perform
It is not secret Irish admirers or viewers aim to cover either, with many curious whether Ireland had once again paled too early following their series win in New Zealand in 2022. In the heavily northern hemisphere-dominated game leading up to Rugby World Cup 2023, Leinster’s herculean attendance throughout the season has been the talk of the local rugby sphere. A European Championship Final at the Aviva?
It would have been negligent of me to assume anything but an undoubted Leinster victory. However, much like I felt with Ireland’s underwhelming act in 2015, I was left dissatisfied by Leinster’s second-half collapse, which offered La Rochelle back-to-back European titles. I wonder whether there is more to Leinster’s routine than meets the eye. Rugby fans can book Ireland Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.
Is this defeat the start of the normal Irish demise in the lead-up to France Rugby World Cup 2023, or could it be a compound for Andy Farrell’s men come October? With 20 Leinster players named in Farrell’s Six Nations-winning group, the ability and growth of the Leinster club are quite amazing. In the lead-up, and indeed the first 20-odd minutes of Saturday’s final, Leinster played some scorching rugby.
Ireland rugby team has to work on a few things before RWC 2023
A combination of the lush Aviva turf and Jamison Gibson-Park’s sustained growth contributed to the ruck speed and width of Leinster’s attack that rattled rivals all season, including La Rochelle. Warily, the line speed and trademark Farrell ‘connectedness’ of the Leinster players were again dominant in the early stages, rushing and pressuring the known ball carters of the La Rochelle outfit.
Ireland Rugby World Cup side glitches lie in their second-half act. What worried me was Leinster’s lack of ruthlessness and their ability to crush the La Rochelle outfit into the proposal and dominate the fixture as they had done in the first 20 minutes. The distinct foot on the brake on the cusp of half-time gave La Rochelle a shine of hope. Not an important one, but enough for them to enter half-time still naïve in their ability to mount a comeback in the second half.
It makes me wonder whether it is a sign of things to come or an echo of past faults. While on the surface, it would seem that Ireland has gone from strength to strength in their 2022/23 games, the reality is that in stressed states, they haven’t. Similar to Leinster’s routine over the weekend, when pressure was applied to the Ireland RWC side in a do-or-die situation, their performance faded.
Ireland’s representatives ready for France Rugby World Cup
Andy Brace, Chris Busby, Joy Neville and Brian MacNeice are set for a busy few months as they get ready to represent Ireland at the RWC later this year. All four were freshly named in the Match Official Panel for competition in France. For Brace it will be a second world cup arrival, he was a Sub Referee in Japan in 2019 while Busby and MacNeice will feel the world stage for the first time.
For Neville, who judged the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final in 2017, it marks another landmark as the first female official at the Men’s world cup. We hear from all four about the achievement and from Dudley Phillips, IRFU Head of Referees, and John Lacey, IRFU High-Performance Referee Coach. Rugby fans can buy Scotland Rugby World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.
Rugby World Cup 2023: Scotland must treat warm-ups games as part of the RWC
Scotland must treat their warm-up games as a delay of the world cup, says former global Chris Paterson. The Scots start their build-up counter to Italy at Murrayfield on July 29. Gregor Townsend's side then faces France home and away before a home game with Georgia. You have to change your mindset away from saying you have four warm-up matches and then a Rugby World Cup, Paterson said.
I think they have to run organised. You're almost running a whole series of tests from the Italy game in July right through to whenever you exit the RWC rather than making it two separate entities. I quite like the fact that Gregor Townsend is talking about making the final team notice a little bit earlier because that kind of weds into it. Scotland faces defending champions South Africa in Marseille in their world cup opener on 10 September.
Scotland Rugby World Cup final squad is revealed soon
Head trainer Townsend named a 41-man training group earlier this month and spoke of cutting that down to the final team of 33 for the France Rugby World Cup quicker than he did four years ago for the contest in Japan. Maybe in the last two or three world cups sometimes we've made too much of the team selection, Paterson, Scotland's record points scorer, told the media.
Yes, it's a tribute and a reward for those that have been able to make that RWC squad, but sometimes the contact of that is maybe too big. The unveiling of those who are chosen to go to the France Rugby World Cup becomes a big event when that is a starting point.
Ireland's final pool game of France Rugby World Cup 2023 sees them take on aware foes, Scotland in Stade de France Paris on Saturday. Celtic rivals Ireland and Scotland will meet at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday 7th October, in what will be the final pool game played by both teams at RWC. Ireland and Scotland have met double before at the World Cup; during the pool stages of the 1991 and 2019 editions of the competition.
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