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Brian O'Driscoll says the Ireland squad is relaxed but determined

Brian O'Driscoll says the Ireland squad is relaxed but determined

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Brian O'Driscoll says the Ireland squad is relaxed but determined

Ireland are determined to enjoy themselves at this year’s Rugby World Cup - something they failed to do in the tournament four years ago.

Then, a heavily fancied Irish team — a side touted as the best ever to emerge from the Emerald Isle — crashed and burned in France.

And one of the reasons put forward for that crushing anticlimax was the players taking themselves far too seriously.

But as they prepared for Sunday's opener against the USA in New Plymouth, there was little to suggest the same mistakes were being made.

“We’re determined to enjoy ourselves this time,” said captain Brian O’Driscoll — one of many Irish players likely to be playing in their last World Cup.

“Some of the the guys that were involved in 2007 are a little bit more low-key in the build-up, but the younger lads are very excited about this tournament. It’s a happy, relaxed camp — and that can only be a good thing.”

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