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In pictures: Ireland's rugby stars hit the weights
The countdown is on to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final shoot-out with Wales. And Declan Kidney’s men are ready for the gun show.

IRELAND’S RUGBY STARS face Wales in Wellington on Saturday in a much-anticipated Rugby World Cup last-eight showdown.

The squad hit the weight room earlier in anticipation.

Warning: Paul O’Connell’s lifting face may scare small children and animals.

In pictures: Ireland's rugby stars hit the weights
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  • Conor Murray

  • Rob Kearney

  • Ronan O'Gara

  • Gordon D'Arcy

  • Eoin Reddan

  • Shane Jennings

  • Rory Best and Cameron Steele

  • Stephen Ferris

  • Paddy Wallace

  • Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll

  • Paul O'Connell

  • Paul O'Connell

  • Mike Ross

  • Eoin Reddan and Geordan Murphy

  • Philip Morrow and Brian O'Driscoll

  • Brian O'Driscoll

  • Ronan O'Gara

  • Keith Earls

  • Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll

All pictures: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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