English newspaper names three Irish players in their dream 31-man Rugby World Cup squad
With all 20 teams competing at this autumn's Rugby World Cup due to name their 31-man squads for the competition in the coming weeks, the Daily Telegraph has chosen the best squad from all the players competing.
Their writer Steve James opted for an 18-13 split between forwards and packs and chose six props, three of each rather than choose a utility prop who can play on both sides of the front row.
He paid a very high compliment to Sexton: "At the moment I might pick him ahead of Dan Carter. That says everything. Crucial to Ireland."
Only on England player make the 31.
Here is the squad in full:
BACK THREE: Israel Folau (Australia), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Ben Smith (New Zealand), Julian Savea (New Zealand), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia).
CENTRES: Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand), Tevita Kuridrani (Australia), Matt Toomua (Australia)
FLY-HALVES: Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Dan Carter (New Zealand)
SCRUM-HALVES: Aaron Smith (New Zealand), Conor Murray (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales)
LOOSE-HEAD PROPS: Joe Marler (England), Marcos Ayerza (Argentina), Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
TIGHT-HEAD PROPS: Dan Cole (England), Nicolas Mas (France), Owen Franks (New Zealand)
HOOKERS: Agustin Creevy (Argentina), Dane Coles (New Zealand), Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa)
LOCKS: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand), Sam Whitelock (New Zealand), Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Paul O'Connell (Ireland)
BACK ROWS: Richie McCaw (New Zealand), Kieran Read (New Zealand), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Duane Vermeulen (South Africa), David Pocock (Australia)