Monday, 22 April, 2019

Ireland's five changes for Wallabies Test

Australia bolster lineout for third Ireland test 2018 Test preview: Wallabies vs Ireland (3rd Test)
Cassandra Castillo | 24 June, 2018, 16:17

South Auckland-born Tui's introduction at blindside flanker sees David Pocock shift back to No 8, the position he's played most often for Australia in the past three years.

Despite running in five tries to two, the tourists have profited through six penalty goals to Australia's none, with sharpshooter Jonny Sexton booting Ireland to a 26-21 series leveller in Melbourne last Saturday.

David Pocock, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau were superb in the Wallabies' First Test triumph but Ireland did a good job at bottling them up in the follow-up at AAMI Park.

Stockdale who was Six Nations "player of the year" is one of a number of changes to the side which won in Melbourne last weekend.

Jack Conan is set to make his first start of the series at number eight as Schmidt has gone for a new back-row configuration, moving captain Peter O'Mahony from blindside flanker to openside as he too collects his 50th cap, while CJ Stander makes the switch from number eight to blindside.

Australia will be without the crisp service of scrumhalf Will Genia, who broke his arm last week and has been replaced in the starting XV by Nick Phipps.

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In the backs, Bundee Aki returns at second-five in place of the injured Garry Ringrose (foot), while exciting young winger Jacob Stockdale is back for the crocked Andrew Conway (hip).

In changes to his front row, prop Jack McGrath and hooker Sean Cronin respectively replace Cian Healy and Niall Scannell, both of whom drop to the bench.

On the bench, Ross Byrne is set to make his global debut after getting the nod ahead of Joey Carbery to fill the backup out half position.

Peter O'Mahony will again captain the side and is joined by Keith Earls, Conor Murray and CJ Stander in the starting lineup that faces the Wallabies.

"I think our maul defence in general, our lineout defence and attack, we were probably outperformed in all three areas last week, " he said.

Sean Cronin has been named in the Ireland team to take on Australia in the third and final test.

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