Ireland will field the same team that started last weekend’s match with Italy when they bid to reach the last four of the Rugby World Cup for the first time in their quarter final with Wales on Saturday.
The Irish did have concerns regarding hooker Rory Best, who suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s 36-6 defeat of the Azzurri in Dunedin that saw the Pool C winners into the knockout phase of the tournament.
But Best was included in coach Declan Kidney’s starting side announced here on Wednesday, with Sean Cronin still on a bench that also showed no alterations from the replacement line-up deployed against Italy.
Ireland will be bidding for a first World Cup semi-final appearance when they face familiar foes Wales at the Wellington Regional Stadium this weekend.
The Welsh are due to name their side on Thursday.
Robert Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll (capt), Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls; Ronan O’Gara, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Stephen Ferris; Paul O’Connell, Donncha O’Callaghan; Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy.
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Tom Court, Donnacha Ryan, Denis Leamy, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble