No place for Stringer in Ireland’s rugby world cup squad

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Updated: August 16, 2011

Irish and Munster rugby legend Peter Stringer will await the announcement of the side to face France this weekend with more than a little interest.

In truth, the 33 year old knows deep down that if he does not make the side then his World Cup dream is all but over.

Stringer, who is just two matches short of his 100th international cap has not figured in any of the warm up games to date and was released back to Munster last weekend. In the finish he did not even start for the province, with Conor Murray now the first choice scrum half.

With Tomás O’Leary, Isaac Boss, Eoin Reddan and Murray now ahead of him in the pecking order, Stringer will see the weekend’s match as his last hope of showing that he can still do the job for Ireland. While another appearance in the green jersey at any stage of the match would move Stringer closer to the ton, he is unlikely to be used unless the management feel he can still contribute to the cause.

A player of Stringer’s experience must surely be at least and option and it would be surprising if Declan Kidney does not call on the Cork man at some stage of the game this weekend.

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