Ireland name World Cup squad
PA Sport
August 12, 2007

Ireland Coach Eddie O'Sullivan today named the 30 man Ireland squad that will take part in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.


Shane Horgan has been included in Ireland's World Cup squad and will be given until the Georgia match on September 15 to prove his fitness.

Horgan was named on the bench for yesterday's 31-21 defeat by Scotland but twisted a knee during the pre-match warm-up and was immediately withdrawn.

Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan admitted after the game he was concerned by the injury with Horgan, one of the side's most dangerous strike runners, a shoo-in at right wing.

The Leinster back, who also provides crucial midfield cover, went for an MRI scan this morning which revealed a grade two ligament tear.

If his rehabilitation progresses as expected, he will be available for Ireland's second Pool D clash against the Georgians in Chaban-Delmas.

Tommy Bowe will travel with the 30-strong squad to France and if Horgan fails to recover in time to face Georgia, the Ulster winger will be drafted in as his replacement for the remainder of tournament.

O'Sullivan said: ``Shane's injury means a four-week lay-off, depending on his healing powers.

``That puts him in with a chance of making the second Pool game against Georgia.

``Whether he makes that deadline we have set him is another matter but we're giving him every chance. He's a good healer and we believe he can make that.

``Bowe will stay with the squad until we get more data on Shane. Keeping our options open is the best we can do at the moment.

``Shane is a 50-50 chance to make the Georgia match. We'll know more over the next couple of weeks so we may make a decision sooner.''

Horgan's inclusion means just one place remained open in the back three and O'Sullivan has opted for Munster's Brian Carney over Bowe.

Both wingers featured at Murrayfield yesterday in a straight shoot-out for a ticket to France but Carney, who converted from rugby league five months ago, has edged the contest.

Bowe, however, could yet feature at the World Cup if Horgan fails to overcome his ligament strain.

O'Sullivan has opted to take six back rows to the World Cup, completing the toughest decision the Ireland coach has had to make in finalising the squad.

After settling on a 16-14 split between forwards and threequarters, the most pressing concern for O'Sullivan was how to divide the back and second rows.

Alan Quinlan's ability to cover both departments has earnt him the nod with three locks - Paul O'Connell, Malcolm O'Kelly and Donncha O'Callaghan - included.

With only the trio of specialist locks travelling to France, a sixth back row spot has been created and O'Sullivan has opted for the versatility of Ulster's Stephen Ferris to fill the position.

The selection of Quinlan and Ferris means World Cup heartache for Keith Gleeson, Mick O'Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip who were all in the shake-up for the squad.

Elsewhere there were no surprises with Brian O'Driscoll leading Ireland at a World Cup for the first time - Keith Wood was skipper in Australia - with Paul O'Connell deputising.

Geordan Murphy will be appearing at his first World Cup after a broken leg suffered in a warm-up game against Scotland four years ago prevented him from appearing at the last tournament.

The Ireland squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup is as follows:
Forwards (16):
Name Club/Province
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
Bryan 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 Wasps
Peter Stringer Shannon/Munster
Andrew Trimble Ballymena/Ulster
Paddy Wallace Ballymena/Ulster

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