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Wales boss Warren Gatland has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from for their crucial World Cup quarter-final with Ireland this weekend.
The clash is much anticipated, with both teams in excellent form during the pool stages. And even at this stage, it’s hard to pick a winner from these two passionate rugby nations.
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But the Welsh will certainly not be able to moan about any injury woes this time and the big news coming from their camp is that Rhys Priestland is set to retain his place at fly-half.
And with James Hook fit following a shoulder injury and able to provide cover on the bench, Stephen Jones could miss out on the matchday 22 altogether.
Key man Shane Williams is also available again after a dead leg and Dan Lydiate is fit too after recovering from an ankle complaint. Skipper Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins have also shaken off the effects of cramp suffered in the impressive 66-0 victory over Fuji.
Ireland have included injury doubt Rory Best in their starting line-up as they name an unchanged team for the Wellington showdown this Saturday. Best injured his shoulder during the 36-6 Pool C win over Italy on Sunday.
Sean Cronin is on standby if Best does not recover from his AC joint injury but boss Declan Kidney is confident that the hooker will be passed fit.
The Irish are already without first-choice hooker Jerry Flannery, who tore a calf muscle in training ahead of the match against Australia in mid-September.
Both of these teams are extremely proud rugby nations and it would be heart breaking to exit the tournament at this stage. Defeat is not an option for either side.
It will be an early wake-up call for fans of both countries for the 6:00 BST kick-off but with both teams peaking at the right time, it promises to be one of the matches of the tournament so far.