Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up opener is all set as they release a fitness update. The clash with Italy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday will witness a fully fit team. Irish Rugby issued a statement revealing their preparations under Andy Farrell’s leadership for the tournament. At the IRFU High-Performance Centre in Dublin, the team regathered as head coach Farrell prepares to reduce the current 42-player squad to 33.
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The Ireland squad is fully engaged in their preparations for the opening game of the Bank of Ireland Nations Series. Against Italy at Aviva Stadium on Saturday night at 8 pm as mentioned in a statement from Irish RWC on Monday. The good news in team news is that all players reported to camp on Sunday evening. And are available for selection for the Bank of Ireland Nations Series.
Despite missing experienced captain Johnny Sexton for the warm-up matches. He is expected to make a comeback from suspension for their pool opener. The most memorable match for Ireland during RWC 2011 was Ireland 15-6 Australia at Eden Park. Sexton and OGara’s penalties along with Sexton’s drop goal secured Ireland’s first-ever. Rugby World Cup win against the then Tri-Nations champions. The Irish pack’s exceptional performance also played a crucial role.
Iconic moment Gordon Hamiltons try against Australia. Despite quarter-final heartache Hamilton’s brilliant charge to the line gave Ireland hope of beating the Wallabies. Although Australia snatched the game at the end Hamiltons try created an electric atmosphere at Lansdowne Road. Irelands RWC 2015 quarter-final against Argentina in Cardiff.
Irish Players Make History in Rugby World Cup
Brian ODriscoll Known for his magical moments in the Six Nations ODriscoll scored seven tries in a joint-record 17 tournament appearances captaining the team in 2007 and 2011. Record-breaker Ronan OGara Irelands all-time leading points scorer in Rugby World Cups.
The only forwards to score four tries in a Rugby World Cup match were both Irish. Brian Robinson achieved the feat in the 1991 match against Zimbabwe and Keith Wood scored four tries against the USA in Dublin eight years later.
Andy Farrell has announced an initial 42-player group as part of Ireland’s preparations for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Farrell will eventually select a 33-player Ireland RWC squad. Which is sure to create selection headaches due to the abundance of talent available. For more about England Vs Samoa Tickets.
With renewed confidence after beating the All Blacks in their own backyard in 2022, Ireland aims to make a strong impact in France.
As the squad takes shape, the team will answer questions about Johnny Sexton’s inclusion and captaincy at the age of 38. Rugby’s decision to increase France Rugby World Cup squad sizes from 31 to 33 players alongside extended preparation and pool stages.
Against England Hugo Keenan Mack Hansen Robbie Henshaw Bundee Aki James Lowe Johnny Sexton captain Jamison Gibson-Park Andrew Porter Dan Sheehan Josh van der Flier Caelan Doris for RWC. Replacements Ronan Kelleher Cian Healy Tom O’Toole Kieran Treadwell Jack Conan Conor Murray Ross Byrne Jimmy OBrien.
Against Scotland Hugo Keenan Mack Hansen Garry Ringrose Bundee Aki James Lowe Johnny Sexton captain Conor Murray Andrew Porter Dan Sheehan OMahony Josh van der Flier Caelan Doris for Rugby World Cup. Replacements Ronan Kelleher Cian Healy Tom O’Toole Ryan Baird Jack Conan Jamison Gibson Park Ross Byrne Robbie Henshaw.
Brave Blossoms Shine: Japan’s Triumph Against Tong
Against Italy Hugo Keenan Mack Hansen Stuart McCloskey Bundee Aki James Lowe Ross Byrne Craig Casey Andrew Porter Ronan Kelleher Finlay Bealham Iain Henderson James Ryan captain Caelan Doris Josh van der Flier Jack Conan for France Rugby World Cup. Replacements Dan Sheehan Dave Kilcoyne Tom O’Toole Ryan Baird Peter OMahony Conor Murray Jack Crowley Jimmy OBrien.
Against France Hugo Keenan Mack Hansen Garry Ringrose Stuart McCloskey James Lowe Johnny Sexton Conor Murray Andrew Porter Rob Herring Finlay Bealham Tadhg Beirne James Ryan Peter OMahony Josh van der Flier Caelan Doris. Replacements Ronan Kelleher Dave Kilcoyne Tom O’Toole Iain Henderson Jack Conan Crag Casey Ross Byrne Bundee Aki in RWC.
Japan secured a much-needed morale boost with a 21-16 victory over Tonga as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup later this year. Despite recent losses, the Brave Blossoms managed to score three tries for the win.
Next month Japan will face Fiji at home and then play Italy as part of their Rugby World Cup preparations. Coach Jamie Joseph expressed satisfaction with the physical match at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka. The game saw Japan taking the lead in the 20th minute with a try from Jone Naikabula. Tonga quickly equalized but Japan stayed ahead and expanded their lead to 13-5 before halftime with a try by Amato Fakatava.
Although Tonga posed a threat Japan managed to contain them and secure the victory. Veteran Ryohei Yamanaka believes this win will provide momentum for the team heading into the World Cup. In Pool D at the Rugby World Cup Japan will compete against England Argentina Chile and Samoa.
Tonga’s Rugby World Cup Journey: From Pool of Death to Strongest-Ever Squad
The team’s impressive performance four years ago led them to the quarter-finals on home soil. Tonga on the other hand suffered a defeat against Fiji in their last encounter. Despite having strong players due to new regulations they need to gel as a team before the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
Tongas Rugby World Cup Pool of Death just got deadlier with their strongest-ever squad targeting Scotland Ireland and Springboks. Tonga recently added Adam Coleman a former Wallaby and London Irish lock to their squad via World Rugby eligibility rules. Coleman capped 38 times by Australia can now switch allegiance to Tonga following a three-year cooling-off period. His late father Paul Afeaki was a former Tonga skipper making this decision all the more meaningful.
Coach Toutai Kefu has taken full advantage of the new eligibility rule aiming to redress the historical talent drain experienced by nations like Tonga Samoa and Fiji who have lost numerous players to Australia and New Zealand over the years. Kefus’ recruitment drive has already seen former Wallabies full-back Israel Folau and forward Lopeti Timani join Tongas ranks. Additionally, ex-All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa Vaea Fifita and Charles Piutau have pledged their future to Tonga for RWC.
Tonga’s Rugby World Cup Mission: Making an Impact on the Global Stage
George Moala and Augustine Pulu are expected to follow suit solidifying Tonga’s formidable lineup. This strengthened squad poses a significant challenge for their Pool B opponents in the Rugby World Cup which includes Scotland South Africa Ireland and Romania. Any notion that Scotland was in a three-way battle with the Springboks and Irish for the two qualification places must now be reassessed.
Coach Kefu has high hopes for Tonga’s performance stating I think this is the strongest team Tonga will ever select. It would mean the world to us to beat a team like South Africa Ireland or Scotland. Tonga has never advanced beyond the pool stage in previous Rugby World Cups.
This time they open their campaign against Ireland in Nantes on September 16 followed by matches against Scotland in Nice on September 24 South Africa in Marseille on October 1 and Romania in Lille on October 8. In RWC the Pool B fixtures make it the toughest pool in the tournament by a considerable margin and Tonga is determined to make a strong impact on the global stage.
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