O’Sullivan finalises Irish World Cup squad

Eddie O’Sullivan has sprung few surprises in naming his final 30-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in September.  He will have used the Scotland game on Saturday to firm up his choice in the back row and on the wing, but everywhere else was really a foregone conclusion.

As expected, Tommy Bowe misses out on the wing to Brian Carney after making one or two defensive errors yesterday, whilst Stephen Ferris is included over Jamie Heaslip in the back row.

Bowe will travel as a reserve in case Shane Horgan fails to recover from a knee injury that could see him miss some of Ireland’s group matches.  The team will play Namibia and Georgia before taking on France and Argentina, so Horgan will have time to prove his fitness.

Forwards (16):
Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Simon Best, (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Simon Easterby (Llanelli)
Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)
Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)
Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
Malcolm O’Kelly (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
Alan Quinlan (Shannon/Munster)
Frankie Sheahan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
Brian Young (Ballymena/Ulster)

Backs (14):
Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster)
Brian Carney (Clonakilty/Munster)
Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College/Leinster)
Gavin Duffy (Galwegians/Connacht)
Denis Hickie (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Shane Horgan (Lansdowne / Leinster)
Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
Brian O’Driscoll (Captain, UCD/Leinster)
Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Eoin Reddan (London Wasps)
Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)