Ulster’s Neil Doak was the only uncapped player named in Ireland’s 2003 Rugby World Cup Squad when it was announced on Sunday morning, September 7th.
Ulster’s Neil Doak was the only uncapped player named in Ireland’s 2003 Rugby World Cup Squad when it was announced Sunday morning, September 7th.The squad will be captained by Keith Wood who will be playing in his third successive World Cup tournament.
The 30 – strong squad is made up of 17 forwards and 13 backs with coach Eddie O’Sullivan happy under the circumstances with the strength of the squad,
“In spite of some untimely
injuries to Geordan Murphy and Rob Henderson, I am happy that we have a
particularly strong squad with a good mix of experience and skill. This is borne out by the fact that difficult decisions had to be made in the selections of many positions.
“We have now taken the first formal step in the road to Rugby World
Cup 2003 by naming the squad and we know we do so with the full support of the Irish public.”
The Ireland Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad.
Simon Best (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins)
Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College)
Reggie Corrigan(Leinster/ Greystones)
Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary’s College)
Simon Easterby (Llanelli)
Keith Gleeson(Leinster/St.Mary’s College)
John Hayes (Munster/Shannon)
Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon)
Eric Miller (Leinster/Terenure College)
Donncha O’Callaghan(Munster/Cork Constitution)
Paul O’Connell (Munster/Young Munster)
Malcolm O’Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary’s College)
Frank Sheahan (Munster/Cork Constitution)
Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon)
Keith Wood (Munster/Garryowen).
Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College)
Neil Doak (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins)
Guy Easterby (Rotherham)
Denis Hickie (Leinster/St. Mary’s College)
Anthony Horgan (Munster/Cork Constitution)
Shane Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne)
David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon)
John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution)
Kevin Maggs (Bath)
Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College)
Ronan O’Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution)
Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon).
Players not considered because of injury include Geordan Murphy (Leicester), who suffered a compund fracture of his left tibia in the game against Scotlan and Rob
Henderson who ruptured a bicep in Munster’s victory over Leinster in Donnybrook on Friday night.