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27th Aug 2023

Ireland World Cup squad: Andy Farrell makes his 33-man selection

Patrick McCarry

Andy Farrell was going to announce his squad on Monday, but moved up the timeline.

The Ireland World Cup squad was officially announced from The Shelbourne Hotel, in Dublin, on Sunday at 4:30pm.

A squad of 33 players will then have a couple of down days before reassembling for final preparations before flying out to France, in early September.

Ireland Squad – Rugby World Cup 2023

Forwards (18):

Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University)(13)
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers)(32)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne)(41)
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere)(39)
Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College)(31)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf)(67)
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy)(74)
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch)(37)
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne)(21)
David Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians)(52)
Jeremy Loughman (Munster/Garryowen)(3)
Joe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin University)(3)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution)(96)
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch)(11)
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD)(54)
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD)(55)
Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne)(18)
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD)(52)

Backs (15):

Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians)(47)
Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD)(21)
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon)(12)
Jack Crowley (Munster/Cork Constitution)(6)
Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster)(100)
Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster)(26)
Mack Hansen (Connacht/Corinthians)(16)
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers)(64)
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD)(31)
James Lowe (Leinster)(21)
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor)(13)
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen)(106)
Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster/Naas)(6)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD)(51)
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College)(captain)(113)

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Ireland World Cup squad

Big calls set for Ireland World Cup squad

Andy Farrell will have been mulling this Ireland squad for the World Cup as long back as March, almost the moment the Six Nations ended in Grand Slam style.

Even before that, Farrell and his coaching staff had used the New Zealand tour and the Emerging Ireland games to get together a squad of around 40 players that they could get used to the system, and main players, with the World Cup in mind.

Farrell’s first-choice XV could be picked by most of us right now, at a push, and we would confidently get 13 or 14 of the calls right. He also has a stack of players he prefers to use on the replacements bench, although players like Jack Crowley and Cian Prendergast have shown he is not too set in his ways.

Ireland are one of the last nations to officially name their 33-man squad. The allocation is up from 31 players, which had been the cut-off for the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. Previously, from 1999 to 2011 the squads had been 30 players. From 1987 to 1995, the squads were made up of just 27 players.


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