The countdown is on to the start of rugby’s biggest tournament as England is set to open its doors to rugby’s biggest nations. The tournament kicks off on September 18th as 20 teams face off in what promises to be an exciting few weeks as the world’s best battle it out for the coveted Webb Ellis trophy.
Ireland are coming off their second Six Nations championship win in as many years and should be considered to be the northern hemispheres brightest hope to dethrone the reigning champions New Zealand. Firstly they have to progress through Group D where their main competition will be France, if they can top the group they could avoid New Zealand, all roads then leading to a Twickenham final against the All Blacks where the Irish men would be seeking their first ever win against the famed rugby nation.
Preparation is well under way with world cup warm up matches in full swing. Ireland’s, somewhat fringe player based team, got off to a great start last weekend beating Wales by a big score in Cardiff. This weekend will see Ireland face Scotland on Saturday in the Aviva Stadium before facing Wales again in the final warm up game in Dublin.
Excitement is brewing on our home shore as our boys in green prepare to take on the world’s best across the Irish sea. Can Paul O’Connell, in what will be his last outing in the Irish jersey, hoist the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time in Irish history? Will Ireland’s emerging young star Robbie Henshaw continue his efforts to fill the number 13 shirt left behind by Brian O’Driscoll? All will become clear over the coming weeks. From all at Europcar Ireland, best of luck to Joe Schmidt and the Irish team.