Rugby World Cup 2015 Preview: Pool D, POOL OF YES™

Sexton
Yes, someone from this pool will likely reach the final.

Ireland

Brilliant coach, Six Nations champs, highest ranked European side and have a draw more favourable than a 2am kebab; so why does this blog have a sense of trepidation when it comes to the men in green? For a start, there's Jonny Sexton.  For all his quality, there is still a large question mark hanging over his abililty to be consistently great when it gets down to the business end of things.  He has looked jittery in the extreme in the warm-ups and deep down,can he be trusted to slot those two difficult kicks required to win a tight semi-final?  But they do have quality back to front and if Sexton can settle they will be in with a shout of going all the way to the final.  They desperately need to win their group otherwise they face the quarter final vs New Zealand, which will likely end in shamrock shaped tears. 

Key Player – Jonny Sexton.  See most of the above.

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