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IRELAND coach Joe Schmidt has stuck with his tried and trusted men for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final showdown against New Zealand.
The Ireland coach has recalled Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose and Peter O’Mahony to the team that beat Samoa a week ago, with every member of the starting XV having tasted victory over New Zealand in either 2016 or 2018.
The head coach has resisted the temptation to stick with the in-form Jordan Larmour at full-back, with the experienced Kearney returning after suffering a groin injury in the win over Russia.
Ringrose was rested for the 47-5 win last Saturday, but is restored to the outside centre berth with Robbie Henshaw moving inside to No 12 in place of Bundee Aki who is serving a three-week suspension.
O’Mahony replaces Tadhg Beirne in a back-row that also contains Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander.
Schmidt retains his first choice tight-five, with Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong in the front-row and Iain Henderson and James Ryan together again in the engine room.
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Half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will set an Irish record for a partnership as they play together for the 56th time, moving past Peter Stringer and Ronan O’Gara.
Kearney is flanked by Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale,
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