In pictures: Ireland's rugby players, like you've never seen them before

They’re 24 hours away from departing for New Zealand. Meet the men behind the green jerseys and gum shields.

IRELAND’S RUGBY STARS jet to New Zealand to begin their World Cup bid tomorrow.

Declan Kidney’s men have endured a tough pre-season, going down in all four of their Summer Series games as well as losing the likes of David Wallace to injury against England on Saturday.

But with the luggage now packed, those with boarding passes took time out of the busy build-up to have their portraits taken by Inpho photographers Billy Strickland and Dan Sheridan.

Behold, the men you hope bring home the Webb Ellis trophy.

In pictures: Ireland's rugby players, like you've never seen them before
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  • Paul O'Connell with son Paddy

  • Denis Leamy

  • Mike Ross with son Kevin

  • Brian O'Driscoll and Ronan O'Gara

  • Jonny Sexton

  • Tommy Bowe

  • Cian Healy

  • Jamie Heaslip with his dog Jay-Z

  • Eoin Reddan

  • Keith Earls

  • Donncha O'Callaghan

  • Conor Murray

  • Andrew Trimble

  • Jerry Flannery

  • Stephen Ferris

  • Leo Cullen

  • Tom Court

  • Shane Jennings

  • Geordan Murphy

  • Fergus McFadden

  • Rob Kearney

  • Paddy Wallace

  • Isaac Boss

  • Sean O'Brien

  • Gordon D'Arcy

  • Sean Cronin

  • Donnacha Ryan

  • Tony Buckley with his children Aidan, Ella and Alice

  • Rory Best

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