Rugby World Cup: Paul O’Connell welcomes support from England fans
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Rugby World Cup: Paul O’Connell welcomes support from England fans

IRELAND captain Paul O’Connell insist he has no qualms with English fans adopting his side for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.

England’s defeat to Australia last weekend prompted an early exit for the tournament hosts, though Ireland are guaranteed to be in the last eight after three wins from three games.

However, regardless of the result against France on Sunday, Ireland will have a tough task when facing either tournament favourites New Zealand or in-form Argentina in the quarter-finals.

The Pumas would be the preferred choice for many fans and players, but either meeting spells dangers, and O’Connell admits Ireland need as much support as possible.

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"We are available for selection for support," he said, when asked for his opinion on England fans turning to his side in search of glory. "We are going to need everything we can get."

France v Ireland begins at 4.45pm at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday.