Rugby World Cup 2011

Ireland receive Best boost

2011-10-06 09:45
Rory Best (File)

Wellington - Ireland confirmed Thursday that Rory Best would be their starting hooker to play Wales in a World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The decision had been delayed 24 hours as their top number two struggled to recover from a shoulder injury suffered in last week's 36-6 defeat of Italy that confirmed them as Pool C winners.

When the quarter-final team was named on Wednesday, Best was included in the side but with the rider that Sean Cronin would start with Damien Varley added to the bench if he failed to recover in time.

A statement from the Ireland side on Thursday said Best would start with Cronin among the replacements.


15 Robert Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Jonathan Sexton, 22 Andrew Trimble

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Lloyd Burns, 17 Paul James, 18 Bradley Davies, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 James Hook, 22 Scott Williams


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