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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL: Brian O’Driscoll feels Ireland should be going to the 2019 World Cup to win it. Photo: INPHO

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL: Brian O’Driscoll feels Ireland should be going to the 2019 World Cup to win it. Photo: INPHO

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL: Brian O’Driscoll feels Ireland should be going to the 2019 World Cup to win it. Photo: INPHO

It is amazing the freedom of expression that comes with leaving the game behind.

Brian O'Driscoll shows no hesitation when proclaiming Ireland are in it to win it.

He isn't talking about today's game against Argentina or even the one against the All Blacks next Saturday.

Oh, no! The benefit of hindsight and Ireland's present standing in the game has O'Driscoll looking ahead to the 2019 World Cup with great expectations.

"Previous Ireland teams have gone to third and fourth best team in the world, dipped their toe in and then came back out to fifth and sixth again," he said.

Confidence

"To consistently stay at second in the world rankings for quite a while now, winning a series down in Australia for the first time since 1979, that automatically builds confidence."

Ireland moved into second on the world rankings grid behind New Zealand by capturing the Grand Slam last March.

It isn't necessarily the fact of where they are in the world order.

Okay, they confirmed their status in a 2-1 series win in Australia.

However, they have not exactly been there for an extended period.

"I see they are not trying to shy away from what they are trying to achieve next year," said O'Driscoll.

"The Irish mentality in the past has been about downplaying our chances, shying away.

"But, you cannot pull the wool over the public's eyes and say, 'ah, you know'.

"You can't have huge success in one quarter and then talk your chances down in another.

"I think they are trying to live what they have experienced.

"They have a great record in the Aviva as well. They are very confident at home.

"There is no reason why they should not be a little bit bullish," he added.

"They will respect Argentina and will obviously respect New Zealand."

There is what Ireland will do over the next two weeks and there is what it will mean in the long term.

They can undo more of the mystery around Argentina and further erode the aura of invincibility around the All Blacks as two more steps in building towards Japan.

"But, this is all with one eye on the World Cup and wanting to be world champions, not to get to a semi-final or a final, but actually win it."


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