The former England and Wasps out-half Danny Cipriani was speaking on the Official Rugby World Cup 2023 podcast and quoted by balls.ie he outlined exactly why he thinks Ireland won’t win the Rugby World Cup.
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“Obviously I think Ireland are great but I think that when it comes down to it, Ireland do have the best system and shapes… If I’m brutally honest I don’t think they have the best decision-makers in the world,”
“If the final is South Africa vs Ireland, a lot of those pressure moments won’t feel like pressure to those South African boys whereas it will feel like that to those Irish boys. It will be a very different proposition.”
“In term of the technical element, Ireland have it. The way they play, their connectivity as a group on the field,”
“South Africa have something special within them, just how united they are and how much they have been through together. All of the different stories coming together and creating a forceful nation.
“It’s not just the rugby with them, you see Siya (Kolisi), how he’s leading. He’s talking like a politician and uniting everyone.
“He’s not talking like an English politician, he’s talking with truth, love and compassion. It’s not emotionally charged with the fact they’re going to be out of control, the emotion is that they want to do it for each other to a degree which isn’t in other nations as much.
“If Ireland get ahead early on and create the scores that they normally do, it’s going to be interesting. If South Africa start getting a bit of momentum… I’m going to lean with South Africa in this game.”