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We're going to the World Cup to win it -- Cian Healy has utmost faith in 'The Joe Show'

Well there’s no point in going over to get knocked out at the group stage, is there?

CIAN HEALY IS not usually shy about coming forward.

So although he initially didn’t quite seem to fit in as he stood behind a lectern in a corporate box over-looking the pitch on Lansdowne Road, Ireland’s number one was never going to shy away from a challenge.

Having eased fears over a neck injury that will recuperate over the summer, Healy was asked how confident he was about Ireland’s chances in the imminent World Cup. He responded with a smile and a bullish statement of intent.

Joe Schmidt with Cian Healy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

“Under the Joe show and the attitude everyone has, I’d have no qualms in saying we’re going into it to win it.

“There’s nothing else on our [minds]. We’ve gone from strength to strength. Every player loves being there, the environment is amazing. This Six Nations – from being on the outside and then inside - made me realise how much everyone loves that and thrives on it.”

Cian Healy Cian Healy Launches Drug-Free Gel For Joint Pain and Stiffness. Flexiseq Sport. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Ireland will compete in Pool D at the World Cup alongside Canada, Romania, Italy and France from 19 September. With two Six Nations titles under his belt in two years, confidence is certainly high with Healy and his team-mates under the coaching staff of Schmidt, Les Kiss, Greg Feek, Simon Easterby and Richie Murphy.

“We have a team like that, with that attitude, under the guidance of Joe, Kissy, Feeky and Simon and them you’re going in the right direction. No one goes in to a competition to lose it.”

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