Player to watch?
Conor Murray is a player I’ll be keeping an eye on because no one had heard of him a season ago and now he’s in the Ireland squad and off to the World Cup in the scrum-half position, ahead of lots of well-known names. He’s a fresh new talent, enthusiastic, exciting and quick.
Who will win?
Ireland, no doubt about it at all, they’ll storm the competition… no, I’m only joking. I think New Zealand will win. They must be everyone’s favourites going into the tournament and I think that they’ll be hard to beat on home soil if they can get the team psychology right.
Willem Alberts – the big back-row man from South Africa. He’s like a machine with his bone-crunching tackles and pounding runs. It can take three defenders to stop him when he gets going.
Sean O’Brien of Ireland is one to keep an eye on. He’s had a magnificent year…a tough, young second row who’s fast and becoming well-known for his barging runs and fierce rucking.
Cian Healy, Ireland’s loose head prop, who’s also a top DJ (known by the alias DJ Church). He’s really into his music and has DJ-ed at the Oxegen festival at Punchestown for the past couple of years.
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