IRISH TEAM INTRODUCTION
As a powerhouse in international rugby, Ireland are out to tick off another achievement on their to-do list at Rugby World Cup 2023, and reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in history.
Though led by exceptional players over the decades – from Keith Wood to Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara to Paul O'Connell – Ireland have never managed to progress beyond the quarter-finals, which they have reached seven times (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015, 2019).
The French campaign will therefore be quite a challenge for the men under head coach Andy Farrell, who will face South Africa, the defending champions, in their opening match. This encounter, one that has never been played before at Rugby World Cup, promises a fierce battle between two teams renowned for their fighting spirit.
After a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018, topping their pool at RWC 2011 (ahead of Australia) and RWC 2015 (ahead of France), Ireland are no strangers to success at the highest level. Talents like Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and others, supported by their fervent supporters, will all be sure to respond to Ireland's Call in 2023.