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Ireland are second only to the mighty All Blacks right now, according to ESPN

Published 10/04/2015 | 18:20

Ireland players, from left, Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Jonathan Sexton, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony and Luke Fitzgerald line up for the national anthems ahead of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)
Ireland players, from left, Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Jonathan Sexton, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony and Luke Fitzgerald line up for the national anthems ahead of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

New Zealand are the only rugby country in the world with more in-form players in their ranks than Ireland at he moment.

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ESPN have compiled a "depth chart" which is basically a list of 60 of the form players in world rugby, four from each position.

No prizes for guessing that New Zealand have the most players on the list with 19 but it is Joe Schmidt's Ireland who come in next with nine of the Six Nations winning team making the list.

Tommy Bowe, Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray all make the back row while Jamie Heaslip gets the nod at number 8. Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, Paul O’Connell and Cian Healy make up the Irish contingent.

H/T Balls.ie

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