The opening game in Pool D of Rugby World Cup 2015 sees Ireland meet with Canada at Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. Bookmakers are expecting Ireland to record an easy win against the North Americans. Find below our IRELAND v CANADA betting preview with tips, predictions, best odds, starting XVs, free bets and no deposit bonuses!
IRELAND v CANADA BETTING PREVIEW Ireland come into the tournament as reigning Six Nations champions although only points difference separated them from England and Wales in a thrilling tournament. They lost at home to Wales and were beaten by England at Twickenham in recent times
Schmidt has pulled no punches in team selection by choosing the strongest possible side, with only Devin Toner, Tommy Bowe and Robbie Henshaw absent. Scrumhalf Conor Murray recovered from a concussion against England two weeks ago, his third head knock in a year, and fullback Rob Kearney was passed fit following a bruised knee. Munster's Keith Earls edges out club-mate Simon Zebo on the left wing, while Iain Henderson is preferred to Devin Toner in the second row.
For Canada there is little hope of progressing beyond the pool but the players will still be motivated by pride in their jersey. They have lost eight of their last nine Test matches with a solitary victory against Georgia the only positive result in this run. Ireland will likely outclass Canada in every position, but one area in which the Canucks have some firepower is the second row.
Canada's coach Kieran Crowley has named Hassler and fellow Pro 12 wing DTH Van der Merwe among his starting XV. They must cope with the absence of captain and openside Tyler Ardron and full-back Harry Jones, although both players are likely to be available for next week’s meeting with Italy.
Everyone thinks Ireland havs too much experience and will easily claim a victory by 40 points. However, it's worth noting that Ireland are notoriously slow starters in World Cups as 2011 - a 22-10 win over USA - and 2007 - beating Namibia 32-17
- 2013: Ireland won 40-14 in Toronto
- 2009: Ireland won 25-6 in Vancouver
- 2008: Ireland won 55-0 in Limerick
IRELAND v CANADA STARTING XVsIreland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Luke Fitzgerald, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (c), 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Nathan White, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Simon Zebo
CANADA: 15 Matt Evans, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 DTH Van der Merwe, 10 Nathan Hirayama, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 John Moonlight, 6 Kyle Gilmour, 5 Jamie Cudmore (c), 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Doug Wooldridge, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Hubert Buydens
Replacements: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Andrew Tiedemann, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Liam Underwood, Conor Trainor
IRELAND v CANADA BEST ODDS
|IRELAND|| 3.00 with||Bet £10, win £30.00|
|THE DRAW|| 126.00 with||Bet £10, win £1260.00|
|CANADA||76.00 with||Bet £10, win £760.00|
IRELAND v CANADA PREDICTIONS
- Ireland @ 3.00
- Ireland 31-40 points winning margin @ 4.50
- Jonathan Sexton Man Of The Match @ 8.00
- Rob Kearney anytime tryscorer @ 2.50
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