Ireland Team Named For World Cup Quarter-Final Clash With New Zealand

The big one.

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has named his team for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash with defending champions New Zealand in Tokyo.

As expected Rob Kearney returns to start at fullback with Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale joining him in the back-three. Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose partner in the centre, with Sexton and Murray the halfbacks.

In the pack, Rory Best captains from hooker with Healy and Furlong either side of him. Henderson and Ryan pair up in the engine room with Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in the back-row.

Ireland team vs New Zealand

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour