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Four Changes To Australian Team To Face Ireland

Four Changes To Australian Team To Face Ireland
Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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Australian Team

Australian Team To Face Ireland

15. Israel Folau (Waratahs)

14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs)

13. Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)

12. Matt Toomua (Brumbies)

11. Henry Speight (Brumbies)

10. Bernard Foley (Waratahs)

9. Nick Phipps (Waratahs)


1. James Slipper (Reds)

2. Saia Fainga'a (Reds)

3. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs)


4. Sam Carter (Brumbies)

5. Rob Simmons (Reds)

6. Luke Jones (Rebels)


7. Michael Hooper (c) (Waratahs)

8. Ben McCalman (Western Force)

Replacements (Three to be omitted):

16. James Hanson (Reds)


17. Benn Robinson (Waratahs)

18. Tetera Faulkner (Western Force)

19. Will Skelton (Waratahs)


20. Jake Schatz (Reds)

21. Will Genia (Reds)

22. Quade Cooper (Reds)


23. Kurtley Beale (Waratahs)

Former Leinster coach has made four changes to the side that lost narrowly to France last week. Fijian powerhouse Henry Speight makes his debut on the wing after playing in the uncapped game against the Barbarians, while Melbourne Rebels second row Luke Jones makes his first start for Australia at blindside flanker.

Cheika has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes as expected, but one eye will be on their clash with England next week, as the prospect of getting one over a World Cup pool rival in their home stadium where they will play next year will be huge.

Cheika has a tendency from his Waratahs days of naming too many players for his bench, and one would imagine that a prop, second row and one of Cooper, Beale or Horne will drop out of the matchday squad.



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