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ROB SAYS IRELAND CAN RULE WORLD; Ireland v Barbarians Tomorrow, 7.45pm.

Byline: DECLAN ROONEY

BARBARIANS coach Robbie Deans thinks Ireland can claim their first World Cup this autumn.

Deans (left), who has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach position, said Joe Schmidt's side shouldn't fear any team. "They'll be right there, they're capable of going all the way," said the Aussie. "There is only one side they haven't beaten and that's the All Blacks but they should have last time out.

"They're fitter and are enjoying the innocence of the climb but they've got some old heads steering it. They look great."

Deans admitted he has been "indirectly" approached by Leinster to replace Matt O'Connor and it would have been an attractive opportunity if he "was in between jobs" but his lengthy deal with Japanese side Panasonic Wild Knights. "It's a great opportunity for someone but it won't be me," he added.

Shane Jennings' last game before retirement will be as captain of the Baa-Baas against Ireland at Thomond Park.

The flanker skippers a starting side containing nine different nationalities with 466 international appearances between them.

He said: "It's a great highlight in my career and we'll be determined to do the Barbarians' jersey justice against Ireland."

Tickets for the match are priced from [euro]30 and family (1 adult & 1 junior) terrace packs from [euro]25 at www.ticketmaster.ie or 0818 719 300.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:May 27, 2015
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