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After another 6 Nations success, who would you like to see in Ireland's World Cup squad?

With the champions’ squad already stocked with in-form players, Joe Schmidt has some tough calls to name a 31-man squad.

AS THE DUST settled on Ireland’s successful November campaign, our friends at Whiff of Cordite started the countdown clock for meaningful minutes before the World Cup.

The clock was set on 400 minutes, the length of five games in the Six Nations Championship. Now that time is up and players based on the fringe of Team Ireland have a job on their hands to get back in before September.

Despite being back-to-back Six Nations Champions (I don’t think we’ll ever get sick of saying those words), Joe Schmidt will have areas in mind that need reinforcement before taking the Joe Show on to the World Stage.

Below, our writers have made their selections based on expected fitness and form over the Six Nations and November internationals. They agree on most points, but there are a few of the 31 available spots left undecided in The42 war room.

Will Slattery (17/14 split)

Props: Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Mike Ross, Tadhg Furlong.

Hookers: Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Richardt Strauss.

Second Rows: Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy.

Back Rows: Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, Jordi Murphy, Tommy O’Donnell.

Tommy Bowe celebrates his try with Richardt Strauss Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

Scrum-Halves: Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan, Kieran Marmion.

Out-halves: Jonathan Sexton, Ian Madigan.

Centres: Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Keith Earls.

Wings: Tommy Bowe, Luke Fitzgerald, Simon Zebo, Andrew Trimble.

Fullbacks: Rob Kearney, Felix Jones.

Standby: Rhys Ruddock, Craig Gilroy, Dave Kearney.

Sean Farrell (17/14 split)

Props: Cian Healy, Jack McGrath. Stephen Archer, Mike Ross, Marty Moore.

Hookers: Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Richardt Strauss.

Second rows: Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson

Back rows: Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock, Tommy O’Donnell (if Chris Henry not fit).

Chris Henry Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Scrum-halves: Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan.

Out-halves: Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Jackson, Ian Madigan.

Centres: Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald.

Wings: Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Andrew Trimble, Keith Earls.

Fullbacks: Rob Kearney, Felix Jones.

Standby: Dave Kilcoyne, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Stuart Olding, Dave Kearney.

Murray Kinsella (18/13 split)

Props: Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Ross, Marty Moore, Nathan White.

Hookers: Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Richardt Strauss.

Locks: Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Iain Henderson, Dave Foley.

Back rows: Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, Jamie Heaslip, Jordi Murphy (if Chris Henry’s not fit), Rhys Ruddock.

Luke Fitzgerald tackled Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Scrum-halves: Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan, Kieran Marmion.

Out-halves: Johnny Sexton, Ian Madigan.

Centres: Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Keith Earls.

Wings: Tommy Bowe, Luke Fitzgerald, Andrew Trimble.

Full backs: Rob Kearney, Felix Jones.

Standby: Tadhg Furlong, James Cronin, Dan Tuohy, Paddy Jackson, Simon Zebo.

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