Ireland at full-strength for the Wallabies

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney on Wednesday announced his team to play their second match in Pool C against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday, 17 September.


1. Cian Healy, 2. Rory Best, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Donncha O’Callaghan, 5. Paul O’Connell, 6. Stephen Ferris, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip, 9. Eoin Reddan, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 11. Keith Earls, 12. Gordon D’Arcy, 13. Brian O’Driscoll (c), 14. Tommy Bowe, 15. Rob Kearney


16. Jerry Flannery, 17. Tom Court, 18. Donnacha Ryan, 19. Denis Leamy, 20. Conor Murray, 21. Ronan O’Gara, 22. Andrew Trimble

11 thoughts on “Ireland at full-strength for the Wallabies

  1. We need to be at full strength to have any chance against the Wobs. Before the tournament started, we might have expected to see David Wallace on for Ireland and Digby Ioane for Aus for this game, but still both teams should be more or less at full strength. No excuse for either team really. You can argue who would be missed more – Wallace or Ioane – but I don’t think it plays that major a roll. Ireland still need to cause an upset to win this, and perhaps depend on Aus to slip up. Let is be a good game!

  2. How is keith earls being selected over andrew trimble?? trimble was irelands best player by a country mile during the warm ups, while keith earls still doesnt seem to have fulfilled his potential.

  3. Well ireland at Ireland at full-strength for the Wallabies they miught need a few 4 leaf clovers. but th firts round of matched didnt have any surprises. If there is one I could hope for the is the men in green winning over the aussies.

  4. O’conner stra?ght ?n for Ioane… not really much of a step down. Sean O’br?en ?n for Wallace… not really a step down but qu?te a dent ?n the balance of the ?r?sh back row SOB ?sn’t a 7

  5. agree that trimble should start this game. his form warrants it over earls. also d’arcy is lucky to get another chance in this game. his form has been seriously bad and if he doesnt perform this weekend then mcfadden will surely take the 12 jersey for the next game. i also dont understand how o’callaghan is in the team ahead of the man who captained leinster to two heineken cups in three years, do any munster fans feel this way? or ulster or connacht? glad reddan is finally getting reunited with sexton in the halfs, this will hopefully lead to far more continuity in our back play than we have seen over the last month and a half. o’brien at 7 is the most logical solution in getting our three best back row players on the pitch and i dont think anyone can really disagree with that.
    my real worries for thi game are our front 5’s performance at the breakdown and d’arcy.

  6. Ireland can beat the Wallabies. Take them on up front. Australia were flattered against Italy. Their first half appearance was nothing to write home about. The Italians couldn’t keep the intensity up, the Irish must. Good luck to them!

  7. Flannery is out, and may be an indicator as to why he was on the bench for the starting lineup – Cronin wil take his place. We’re not short of good lineout technicians but Flannery is maybe the best. Neither team lacks depth. It’s still on the be a good game, as long as Ireland hit form.

    1. Ireland have virtually no chance sadly. the wallabies have a decent front 5 and superb back row. we know about the backs.
      ireland no chance.

  8. Ireland are hardly at full strength with Heaslip and number 8. He was useless against the USA. He didn’t make one carry/break from the back of a totally dominant scrum. He would want to wake up and stop preening and swaning around the pitch. Let’s hope the flankers do the business and carry some ball as it appears that Heaslip isn’t up to it. We’ll miss Wallace next weekend.

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