Wales here we come…

O’Gara gets the nod again to start in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales at Wellington Regional Stadium, having seen off Sexton for the starting spot against Italy he’s done it again. Kidney has brushed aside concerns that Wales will target O’Gara’s defensive capabilities.

Rory Best will under a late fitness test on a shoulder injury he picked up against Italy with Sean Cronin waiting in the wings. The teams have to be in 48 hours before kick-off and Kidney says he may make that call as late as the last minute! If Cronin is promoted to the starting line-up then Damien Varley would be promoted to the bench. Otherwise the pack is unchanged.


IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Wales, 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final, Wellington Regional Stadium, Saturday, October 8, kick-off 6pm local time/6am Irish time):

15 – Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
10 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
9 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)/Sean Cronin (Leinster)
3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)


16 – Sean Cronin (Leinster)/Damien Varley (Garryowen/Munster)
17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
21 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)