Former England Star Says Ireland Have No World Class Players


Former England international Jeremy Guscott says Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning squad, arguably does not contain any World Class players.

Ireland completely dominated this year’s Six Nations, winning every game, including try-bonus wins in every single one of their home fixtures. They finished 11 points clear 2nd placed Wales on the table.

But Guscott claims a team that includes the likes of Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and Tadhg Furlong, and is ranked second in the world, doesn’t contain any world class players.

His criteria for ‘world class’ is quite bizarre. He feels if a player does not get into a current world xv, he’s not world class. So basically he’s telling us there are fifteen world class players in rugby right now, and they swap places based on form? Nonsense.

Even if you do go by that, can you honestly say Conor Murray and Tadhg Furlong at the very least would not make that team?

“Ireland, arguably, do not have any world class players in their Grand Slam-winning squad,” said Guscott writing for the BBC.

“You could argue there are better scrum-halves and fly-halves than Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton who would get into a world XV. Tadhg Furlong is one you would argue less about. But what they do have are 23 players playing very well.”

Who would you regard as world class in the current Irish team?