Best boost for Ireland

Hooker Rory Best has been cleared for Ireland’s quarter-final clash against Wales on Saturday.

Best was expected to miss the match because of shoulder injury picked up in Ireland’s final group game against Italy. But the 29-year-old passed a late fitness test and will start in Wellington this weekend in an unchanged match 22.

Ireland – 15 Robert Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 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.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Jonathan Sexton, 22 Andrew Trimble.