As Ireland prepare for what will prove to be the biggest test of their character, Declan Kidney has revealed he has a full squad to choose from after Tony Buckley and Geordan Murphy have been declared fit for selection.
Ireland play Australia on Saturday morning in the second game of the Rugby World Cup and after an unimpressive start against USA, the game will prove a massive test for Kidney’s men. Ireland will name their team on Wednesday morning and the management have been handed the boost that no players will miss the game following last Sunday’s win.
Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy and Rob Kearney will all return following injury which means Kidney will have a full deck to choose from for the Group C encounter at Eden Park, Auckland.
Australia tore Italy apart in the second half of their comfortable victory on Sunday and Ireland know they will have to be a their very best to get anything from the game. Ireland will need to keep the Wallabies’ backs quiet and coach Alan Gaffney has revealed they have no plan to keep the likes of Quade Cooper and Will Genia quiet.
“Quade is a player who’s developed very well over the past 18 months,” he said. “He has a lot more maturity in the way he plays the game. He’s got exceptional skill levels and has fantastic vision. He’s world class and is very difficult to handle.
“Will Genia is in absolutely outstanding form. He is some player, as he’s shown right through the Tri Nations and over the last two years. But Australia have so much potency that we can not afford to concentrate on one or two players. We’ve got trouble across the board.
“Australia are very exciting, there’s no doubt about that. We know the enormity of the task, but we believe we’re up to it if we play our very, very best In recent times we haven’t been there and have been disappointing in what we’ve done, but we can challenge them.
“We know the performance is within us.”
Kidney and his back room staff will reveal the starting fifteen for the game on Wednesday morning at 2.15am Irish time.