RWC 2011: Ireland team to play Wales

Declan Kidney has named his Ireland side to take on Wales in this weekend’s quarter-final.

The starting hooker has not yet been named as he waits to see whether Rory Best will be fit, whilst Ronan O’Gara gets the nod ahead of Jonny Sexton.

What are your thoughts? Will this side make the semi-finals?

1. Cian Healy
2. To be announced
3. Mike Ross
4. Donncha O’Callaghan
5. Paul O’Connell
6. Stephen Ferris
7. Sean O’Brien
8. Jamie Heaslip
9. Conor Murray
10. Ronan O’Gara
11. Keith Earls
12. Gordon D’Arcy
13. Brian O’Driscoll (c)
14. Tommy Bowe
15. Rob Kearney

Replacements:
16. To be announced
17. Tom Court
18. Donnacha Ryan
19. Denis Leamy
20. Eoin Reddan
21. Jonathan Sexton
22. Andrew Trimble

17 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Ireland team to play Wales

  1. I can’t wait to see O’Brien against Warburton…Lions 2013 6 and 7 anyone?

    This is a great side, and hopefully they can repeat their performance that saw off the Wallabies a few weeks ago. The pack has been outstanding so far in this tournament, and I think they’ll have the edge up front in Wellington.

    It’s going to be another tense day on Saturday…

  2. I truly believe we are gonna take them, but Wales are looking very good. Australia are gonna beat SA as they did (twice) in the last tri-nations, with creative, attacking play, and runs from deep. Can’t see Arg beating the AB’s and Eng/Fra looks like a toss up to me.

  3. surprised he didn’t go with sexton and the choke tackle technique against the fast offloading welsh! and not sure fighting fire with fire is the right approach the two big no. 9’s! ferris is making a massive statement for the lions as well after his last disappointment! think their will be a serious bench at the next lions!

  4. I believe ireland will bully the welsh off the field. Then let loose the attacking backs at them. All going to plan that should seal it. Fingers crossed

  5. John, you really believe they can bully the Welsh off the pitch, the Welsh have come up against South Africa and Samoa and matched them physically, this is going to be a closer thing between the forwards. In fact that Irish pack is no different to the one in March, while the Welsh one has it’s two first choice props back and Faletau. This is coming down to on the day performances, hopefully not the ballboy and ref this time!. But if it turns into a scrap then Ireland will probably pip it with O’Gara’s boot. But doesn’t Sexton offer a more physical presence against an inform Roberts? Is this going to lead to other Welsh players exploiting gaps. Everyone talks about the Welsh being unexperienced but there will still be 7 or so Lions in the starting XV and a few more on the bench who were replaced by the young guns.

    1. The Welsh cheated in March with an illegal lineout for Mike Phillips to score a try. A motivating grudge for the Irish next weekend.

      1. Yeah, I will be gutted if they don’t beat Wales. Wales are very good but man for man, we are better in almost every matchup. A better blend of youth and experience. Looking at the closest competition both teams faced so far – Italy are roughly on a par with Samoa, and same for Aus, SA in some respects. Ireland were better against Italy than Wales were against Samoa. I truly believe the best team is Ireland but can we deliver on the day? The Welsh did cheat us out of a win last time out. We desserve it if we come out fighting.

  6. Well first i have great respect for the welsh team. But this a much different ireland than the last time yous met. A more confident. All together on. The have at last realized their full potental. The will take some stopping. I believe o gara is picked as a kicker of course but also as a place kicker this time around. The weather conditions are poor over there. If that the case on game day. Well it will become a slog match and suit the irish

  7. Still think that who starts a hooker will have a big bearing on this match for Ireland. If Best is anyway fit I would start him and see how long he lasts given that it is a knockout game and if we get through and Best aggravates the injury at least his replacement is already in New Zealand.
    Sean Cronin is very good in the loose but I worry about his set piecies especially the line out. I believe this game will be close so any error in line outs could be costly. Ronan O Gara is the right choice at fly half but maybe Reddan would have been a better partner for him given Murray inexperience.

  8. Best is in which I think is huge for Ireland he has had perfect games all through this world cup, he also is a huge influence at scrum time. After that Sexton/ Reddan would have been my choice, with the three welsh centres(don’t know which 2 he went with) in such good form I think O’Gara will be a weak link in defence. However here’s trusting in the wisdom of a Munster man, the power of an Ulster man and the skill and brute strength of a few Leinster men, the luck of the Irish and anything else that will get us to the semi-final and a clash with the ”ould enemy”.

  9. Grudges against the Welsh over the six nations game are not needed. It’s a world cup for gods sake. I think Ireland will edge this one. I hope so as this could be the last chance for drico, oconnell, ogara etc…the Welsh youngsters will get other chances.

  10. Last chance saloon for the golden generation. If we get past Wales and I fancy a win by 4 or 5 then we could go all the way. With the heartbeat (DC) of the all blacks out injured the playing field has been levelled somewhat.

  11. Heaslip hasn’t been doing much. No breaks from the back of a dominant scrum. Maybe it’s nearly time to try O’Brien at 8 and move Heaslip to 7 where he might do better trying to do some groundhog work and win some ball as he’s not in the ball carrying races at all. I’d fancy O’Brien at 8, a licence to cause havoc.

  12. Predictions? Ireland by 5 I think. They have more big game experience with heineken cups etc..plus I think sometimes Wales have this tendency to not fully believe they can do it. E.g. SA game in group. Can see sexton coming on after 60 and settling matters. Might be close up to then.

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