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Do You Agree With Peter Stringer's Key Selection Calls For Ireland's World Cup Opener?

Do You Agree With Peter Stringer's Key Selection Calls For Ireland's World Cup Opener?
By Conor O'Leary Updated

It's amazing to think, we're finally in a Rugby World Cup week. There is just one day until Joe Schmidt names his starting team for Ireland's opening game.

There might be some nerves and apprehension, but excitement levels are rising. Fans and pundits alike are trying to second guess Schmidt in trying to see who the Kiwi will pick in that first team announcement.

TV3 analyst Peter Stringer is the latest to get in on the act; detailing certain players that he would like to see involved. Stringer has stressed the need to hit the ground running - which every Irish person would like to see after the warm-ups dampened the optimism.

Cian Healy is a must-start, according to Stringer. Romania will be a tougher test in the scrum, and with Healy proving his fitness its a great opportunity for Healy to get some much-needed game time.

Iain Henderson deserves to get a chance to play alongside Paul O'Connell as well, says Stringer. Henderson was one of the stand-out performers against Wales - and has been putting a lot of pressure on Devin Toner for the right to start as O'Connell's second row partner.

Stringer's attention than turns to the back three - and he looks at form and X factor as two key areas that he chooses to pick his team. Simon Zebo's footwork gives him a spot on Stringer's wing - with the impressive form of Dave Kearney opposite him. Rob Kearney is assured of his position at fullback as well.

Stringer wants to see a change in the centres - with the footwork and flair of one of Keith Earls or Luke Fitzgerald the preferred choice for Stringer over Jared Payne.

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See Also: Great News From The Ireland Camp Ahead Of The World Cup Opener

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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