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Ireland players to have their say into World Cup inquest

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Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, in attendance at the launch of the Ireland Men's Rugby Sevens Squad
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, in attendance at the launch of the Ireland Men's Rugby Sevens Squad

Ireland's players will be asked to contribute to the IRFU's review into their latest World Cup quarter-final exit.

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The majority of the squad have been given this week off before they return to their provinces next week, but will be invited to give their opinions on the disappointing defeat to Argentina and the tournament as a whole.

The review will be led by the union's performance director David Nucifora (right), who will investigate why Joe Schmidt's side came up short in their bid to make history by reaching a semi-final for the first time.

The head coach had pointed to the last four as his target ahead of the tournament, while Nucifora has previously stated that Ireland should be competing to win World Cups.

There is no timeline for completion for the review, while it appears unlikely that the results will be published.

"For a number of seasons now performance reviews and analysis have taken place during tournaments," an IRFU spokesman said.

"This ensures an accurate picture is built of the entire tournament before its completion.

"This information is then used as part of an overall review process, which is completed based on the availability of key personnel.

"All staff, including players, participate in this confidential process."

Nucifora was unavailable for comment, while Schmidt is expected to make his first public appearance since Sunday's defeat on tonight's Late, Late Show.

Irish Independent

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