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It is Ireland who need to catch fire now. Joe Schmidt admitted as much on Friday, stressing that his team had to “hit the ground running” at this World Cup as he named his strongest available team to face Scotland in their Pool A opener at Yokohama International Stadium on Sunday.
Schmidt was talking about the differences between this campaign and Ireland’s last one four years ago, and the lessons he learned.
“It’s so different because we didn’t start with the same level of match last time,” the New Zealander said. “And that’s no disrespect to Canada. But they weren’t a big Tier 1 opponent where the players know each other really well. I think that familiarity makes us a little nervous, and probably makes Scotland a little nervous.
“This time we definitely have to hit the ground running. This is the equivalent of the France game from last time, but first up.”
Schmidt has named his strongest available team, but not his strongest possible team. Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway come in for Rob Kearney and Keith Earls, who were always unlikely to make it back from niggling injuries despite Ireland’s protestations midweek that they would be fit and ready to help Ireland’s cause.
Those are significant changes. While both Larmour and Conway are exciting players – Schmidt spoke of the “contagious” exuberance they could bring – Ireland’s back three of Larmour, Conway and Jacob Stockdale does suddenly feel a lot more vulnerable, particularly given the weather forecast which is for rain. Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell will no doubt look to test them early on.
Schmidt will hope that his forward pack can bully Scotland’s, allowing Ireland to control the contest at source. And a front row of Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong, and a second row of Iain Henderson and James Ryan does appear more than a match for Scotland’s tight five.
Ireland know they have a golden opportunity this time but it depends upon them making a good start. If they can beat Scotland, and then see off Japan next week, they should win the pool comfortably given their last two games are against Russia and Samoa.