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Horgan: Ireland can win World Cup
27 Apr 2015 15:03
Ireland must conquer the "step-up in psychological pressure" to become genuine World Cup contenders, according to Shane Horgan.
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Former Ireland and Lions winger Horgan believes Joe Schmidt's men "have the capacity" to win the autumn's World Cup - but only if they hold their nerve.
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The ex-Leinster battering ram is confident back-to-back RBS Six Nations titles can hand head coach Schmidt's men an edge in England.
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Horgan admits, however, that Ireland must scale the mental hurdle that accompanies the "uncharted territory" of contesting a first-ever World Cup semi-final.
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"I think Ireland have the capacity to win the competition," Horgan said.
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"If you look at the potential draw they have, they've got one big northern hemisphere game against France.
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"That would put them into a quarter-final against Argentina, then it could be a semi-final against England, and anything can happen from there.
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"But you have to frame that against the fact that Ireland have never been to the semi-final before.
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"It's not something they are used to be doing. It's really uncharted territory."
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