The former All Blacks World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen was speaking to the media this week and said;
“Ireland were good throughout the Six Nations. “In that final game they started off a bit shaky and England rattled them a bit, but once the red card came it was game over and they were good enough to take advantage of it.
“They’re going well, ranked number one in the world, and they’ve had a great year so far. Every time a team is number one in the world, you’ve got to consider them to be a World Cup contender – but it’s a tough tournament to win, and they were number one going into the last one, weren’t they?
So, they’ve seemed to struggle a little bit at World Cups. If it was the All Blacks, they’d probably be called ‘chokers’.
Can Ireland win the World Cup this year, can you imagine? It would be crazy!