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Had the Rugby World Cup come 12 months, Ireland would be heading to the tournament as the favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
But a lot can happen in the space of one year, and instead Joe Schmidt’s men now find themselves with a question mark over their heads for Japan 2019.
After storming to victory at the 2018 Six Nations, followed by that historic win over New Zealand, Ireland struggled to maintain their form and intensity on the international stage.
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They were twice beaten by England this year – including that record defeat at Twickenham – and although back-to-back wins over Wales in the summer restored some confidence, the Irish look to have lost their edge.
Still, the side has made considerable gains under Schmidt since he took over in 2013 and hopes remain high that Ireland will make it beyond the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the nation’s history.
They’ve been drawn in Pool A alongside Scotland, hosts Japan, Russia and Samoa.
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