Rugby Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Ireland v New Zealand – Ireland player profiles

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15 Rob Kearney(Leinster)
Age:33
Height:6’1”
Weight:95kg (14st, 11lbs)
Caps:94
After going nearly four years without a try, Kearney is now scoring for fun, with one in each of his last three Tests – including the wins over Japan and Russia.

14Keith Earls(Munster)
Age:32
Height:5’10”
Weight:87kg (13st 9lbs)
Caps:81
Andrew Conway has been having all the fun with Earls yet to cross the whitewash at this World Cup – this would be a good time to add to his eight tries at previous tournaments.

13Garry Ringrose(Leinster)
Age:24
Height:6’1”
Weight:94kg (14st 11lbs)
Caps:27
Ringrose returns to the fold refreshed after earning his rest against Samoa. His defensive work in midfield will be crucial in a match where Ireland have to be word perfect.

Rugby Robbie Henshaw will join Garry Ringrose in Ireland’s midfield for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Robbie Henshaw will join Garry Ringrose in Ireland’s midfield for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

12Robbie Henshaw(Leinster)
Age:26
Height:6’3”
Weight:103kg (16st, 3lbs)
Caps:39
The obvious choice after Bundee Aki’s suspension, Henshaw will have come on for his run out against Samoa and can make up for missing last November’s win due to injury.

11Jacob Stockdale(Ulster)
Age:23
Height:6’3”
Weight:103kg (16st, 3lbs )
Caps:24
Ireland’s trump card has been quiet in Japan but he is capable of producing the moment of magic needed to slay the beast – just as he did last year.

10Johnny Sexton(Leinster)
Age:34
Height:6’2”
Weight:92kg (14st, 5lbs)
Caps:87
If this World Cup has shown us anything it’s how utterly dependent Ireland remain on their talisman – if he produces a generational performance, then New Zealand are beatable.

9Conor Murray(Munster)
Age:30
Height:6’2”
Weight:

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