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Three Changes For The Ireland team to face Australia

Three Changes For The Ireland team to face Australia
By Conor O'Leary Updated

Gordon D'Arcy and Rory Best are the only changes for the Ireland team to face Australia from the team that beat South Africa. Schmidt has announced two changes to his starting team and one more on the bench with Dave Foley replacing Mike McCarthy.

Ireland Team To Face Australia

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster)

14. Tommy Bowe (Ulster)

13. Robbie Henshaw (Connacht)

12. Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster)

11. Simon Zebo (Munster)

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10. Jonny Sexton (Racing Metro)

9. Conor Murray (Munster)

1. Jack McGrath (Leinster)

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2. Rory Best (Ulster)

3. Mike Ross (Leinster)

4. Devin Toner (Leinster)

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5. Paul O'Connell (Munster) (c)

6. Peter O'Mahony (Munster)

7. Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)

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8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin (Leinster)

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17. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)

18. Rodney Ah You (Connacht)

19. Dave Foley (Munster)

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20. Tommy O'Donnell (Munster)

21. Eoin Reddan (Leinster)

22. Ian Madigan (Leinster)

23. Felix Jones (Munster)

Joe Schmidt reverts back to the majority of the 23 who defeated South Africa two weeks ago. An injury to Jared Payne means that Gordon D'Arcy comes into the side, shifting Robbie Henshaw out one spot to the more familiar role of outside centre. They will be charged with trying to contain Brumbies pair Matt Toomua and Tevita Kuridrani.

Rory Best has overcome a calf injury to give Ireland more experience and leadership in the front row, while Sean Cronin will look to have an impact off the bench. Richardt Strauss's impressive performance against Georgia isn't enough to keep him in the 23.

Dave Foley's man of the match display against Georgia earns him a place on the replacement's bench with Mike McCarthy overcoming a concussion from the same game.

There are minimal changes from the Irish side, who will be in the unfamiliar position of being two point favourite against the Southern hemisphere side going into the game.

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Four Changes To Australian Team To Face Ireland

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