2023 Rugby World Cup squad named with four Limerick players
Mayor congratulates four Limerick players representing Ireland in the 2023 Rugby World Cup marking a “real honour for the city and county”
Four Limerick players are set to represent Ireland at the 2023 Rugby World cup in France, with four of their Munster Rugby teammates also making the 33-man squad.
The Ireland squad will depart Dublin for their base camp in Tours on Thursday, as preparations step up a gear for the Rugby World Cup Pool B opener against Romania in Bordeaux on Saturday, 9 September.
Munster stars Keith Earls, Conor Murray, David Kilcoyne and Craig Casey have all been named in Andy Farrell’s squad who begin their World Cup journey, making it a World Cup debut for Casey.
The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell congratulated the four Limerick players, saying, “To see four Limerick men selected, is a real honour for the city and county. To Conor, Keith, Craig and David, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and I hope that they all know how proud the people of Limerick are of their selection to represent all of Ireland on the playing field. The Limerick contingent will bring a different kind of energy to the squad and give Ireland an edge.”
The four Limerick men make up an eight-strong contingent of Munster players who will face Romania, Tonga, South Africa and Scotland in the group stages.
Munster legend, Peter O’Mahony will represent the island at a World Cup for the third time with his other teammates, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Crowley, and Jeremy Loughman.
This will be Beirne’s second Rugby World Cup with Ireland, and will be global championship debuts for Crowley and Loughman.
Mayor Mitchell added, “My congratulations also to the fellow Munster men Peter O’Mahony, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Crowley and Jeremy Loughman, who will also represent the people of Munster in France.”
The Limerick representation does not stop on the field. Paul O’Connell, a Freeman of Limerick, is part of Andy Farrell’s coaching staff.
“No matter where you go in the world, if you mention Limerick and rugby, undoubtedly Paul O’Connell’s name will come up. I wish Paul, the backroom team and all the players and staff the very best of luck in the World Cup and fingers crossed, in a few weeks, we might have another trophy to bring back to Limerick,” Mayor Mitchell said.