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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Cian Healy of Ireland gestures during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Cian Healy of Ireland gestures during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

Birthday boy Keith Earls of Ireland dives over to score a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy

Birthday boy Keith Earls of Ireland dives over to score a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks a penalty during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks a penalty during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

An Ireland fan in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

An Ireland fan in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Italy fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Italy fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates scoring a try with Ronan O'Gara (left) during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates scoring a try with Ronan O'Gara (left) during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell gets tackled by Italy's Paul Derbyshire during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland's Paul O'Connell gets tackled by Italy's Paul Derbyshire during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Ireland's Sean O'Brien tries to break through the Italy defence during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland's Sean O'Brien tries to break through the Italy defence during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Donncha O'Callaghan

Donncha O'Callaghan

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Ireland fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll kicks through as Italy's Gonzalo Garcia (right) attempts to block during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll kicks through as Italy's Gonzalo Garcia (right) attempts to block during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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Ireland fans in the stands wearing fancy dress during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

Ireland fans in the stands wearing fancy dress during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 2, 2011. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial reporting purposes only; no images to be used to simulate a moving image. Commercial including Book use only with prior written approval. Call +44 (0) 1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions.

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Paul O'Connell of Ireland looks on as players prepare to scrum during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Paul O'Connell of Ireland looks on as players prepare to scrum during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland (C) is tackled by Fabio Semenzato of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland (C) is tackled by Fabio Semenzato of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland celebrates scoring a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland celebrates scoring a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland is congratulated by his team mates as he celebrates scoring a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland is congratulated by his team mates as he celebrates scoring a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland scores a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Brian OÄôDriscoll of Ireland scores a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland is congratulated by teammates after he scores their first try, as Tommaso Benvenuti of Italy shows his dejection during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland is congratulated by teammates after he scores their first try, as Tommaso Benvenuti of Italy shows his dejection during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland (2R) is congratulated by teammates Rob Kearney (3R) and Donncha OÄôCallaghan (L) after he scores their first try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland (2R) is congratulated by teammates Rob Kearney (3R) and Donncha OÄôCallaghan (L) after he scores their first try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Tommy Bowe of Ireland (R) offloads the ball as he is tackled by Riccardo Bocchino of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Tommy Bowe of Ireland (R) offloads the ball as he is tackled by Riccardo Bocchino of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Sergio Parisse of Italy (down) is tackled by Conor Murray (L) and Mike Ross of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Sergio Parisse of Italy (down) is tackled by Conor Murray (L) and Mike Ross of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland (2L) is tackled by Salvatore Perugini of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland (2L) is tackled by Salvatore Perugini of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Keith Earls of Ireland scores a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Keith Earls of Ireland scores a try during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Conor Murray of Ireland makes an attacking run during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Conor Murray of Ireland makes an attacking run during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Gordon DÄôArcy of Ireland makes a break during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Gordon DÄôArcy of Ireland makes a break during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mark Kolbe

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  An Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: An Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  A lone Italian fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A lone Italian fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  (L-R)  Mirco Bergamasco, Mauro Bergamasco and Tommaso Benvenuti of Italy sing their national anthem ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Mirco Bergamasco, Mauro Bergamasco and Tommaso Benvenuti of Italy sing their national anthem ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Martin Castrogiovanni of Italy receives medical attention during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Martin Castrogiovanni of Italy receives medical attention during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Ronan OÄôGara of Ireland kicks a penalty during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Ronan OÄôGara of Ireland kicks a penalty during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Ronan OÄôGara of Ireland tries to break from the challenge of Sergio Parisse of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Ronan OÄôGara of Ireland tries to break from the challenge of Sergio Parisse of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Referee Jonathan Kaplan (R) talks with Paul OÄôConnell of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Referee Jonathan Kaplan (R) talks with Paul OÄôConnell of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Alessandro Zanni of Italy (L) tries to break past Keith Earls of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Alessandro Zanni of Italy (L) tries to break past Keith Earls of Ireland during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Gordon DÄôArcy of Ireland (C) cleashes with Gonzalo Canale of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Gordon DÄôArcy of Ireland (C) cleashes with Gonzalo Canale of Italy during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Martin Castrogiovanni of Italy looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Martin Castrogiovanni of Italy looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Paul OÄôConnell of Ireland (C) eyes the ball during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Paul OÄôConnell of Ireland (C) eyes the ball during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Warren Little

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02:  Luciano Orquera of Italy kicks the ball clear during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Luciano Orquera of Italy kicks the ball clear during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shaun Botterill

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Cian Healy of Ireland gestures during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

After their comprehensive 30-point dismantling of the Italian challenge yesterday, Cian Healy believes Ireland have the talent and belief to go on and win the World Cup.

We can (win it), yeah,” said Healy. “We're capable of it, but it's just putting the right performances in and everything working out. It's something that takes a hell of a lot of work and perfection in every aspect of your game.

“There are a lot of strong teams left, but our next hurdle now is Wales,” added Healy, looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final in Wellington. “That's a huge, huge task.”

Healy was part of an Irish front-row written off as inferior before the game by Italy coach Nick Mallett but after another dominant performance, he believes Ireland's scrum has become a significant weapon.

“I'd see it as a weapon and most of our team would as well. It's something we've worked pretty bloody hard on, and you don't work hard on something not to have it as a strong point in your game. The lads, they do their kicking and their moves in the backs and that pays off, so why not us when we do our scrummaging?”

Mallett echoed Healy's belief that Ireland are capable of doing something special at this tournament.

“I don't think any team can be confident against them,” said the South African. “I thought the way they played was outstanding, they were a better side in all departments. They've got a team who can knock over anyone in that side of the draw in the quarters and the semis.”

It was Mallett's last game in charge and he revealed how Ireland coach Declan Kidney made a point of seeking him out afterwards.

“I was incredibly touched by what Declan Kidney said to me at the end,” said Mallett. “He said some incredibly kind things to me, he's an amazing gentleman and rugby is very privileged to have men like him running national sides.”

Meanwhile, Ireland No 8 Jamie Heaslip said that while the Irish players had agreed not to get dragged down by the Italians' strong-arm tactics, which appeared to include an attack on Healy's eye, they were also determined not to give an inch physically.

“We knew we couldn't lash back at anything, just be very patient and kind of have a poker face and we did that,” said Heaslip.

“As a pack, we knew they were going to bring it and we said if anything kicked off we were all in. Nothing kicked off but we definitely fronted up and gave our backs some good quality ball and I thought the game plan worked.

“We were good at our set-piece — we knew that was going to be a big battle. Mr Mallett basically threw a red flag in front of the lads (Irish front-row) earlier in the week and they fronted up like they have been doing for the last couple of weeks. I'm very proud of the lads.”

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