Schmidt: Ireland can come good at World Cup

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Updated: August 30, 2011

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has backed Declan Kidney and the Ireland team to come good when it really matters when they kick off their World Cup campaign against America on September 11th.

Having lost their four warm up games heading to New Zealand many have questioned the form and confidence of the national team. However Schmidt compares Ireland’s situation to one the reigning Heineken Cup champions faced at the start of last season and has backed Ireland to come good.

““People were asking me similar questions after round four last year, would I turn it around,” he said. “Declan’s had four games. The equipment is there and I think he’s going to get that equipment into working order.

“Certainly, the Leinster players who have been in and out (of the camp) today are absolutely committed to making sure that they get the margins on their side. They need to get more accuracy and I’m pretty confident that they can do that.”

Schmidt has also expressed his delighted at seeing Shane Jennings make the 30 man World Cup squad, sadly at the expense of David Wallace who suffered a knee injury against England last Saturday.

“I’m delighted for Jenno,” Schmidt added. “He made an impression for us on Friday night against Northampton, organising our defence and giving us impetus.

“He’s deceptively powerful. He’s 105kg and no small man by any means. It doesn’t make him massive, but he tends to fight his corner. He gets guys on the ground very quickly, so he doesn’t necessarily wrestle them up top.

“Once you’ve got them on the ground, the power game comes out of it.”

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