Wallabies name strong side for Irish showdown


Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has welcomed back more than 300 Test caps of experience for the clash against Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday morning.

Israel Folau and Michael Hooper headline six players who are back in the starting fifteen after sitting out last weekend’s 25-23 win over France in Paris.

Stephen Moore returns to the number two jersey and in doing so will join Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nathan Sharpe as the equal second most-capped Wallabies players in history with his 116th Test appearance in the gold jersey.

Dean Mumm will start at blindside flanker in a reshuffle of the backrow with Lopeti Timani named on an extended bench alongside fellow Melbourne Rebels star Sean McMahon.

Quade Cooper has also been named amongst the reserves after being ruled out prior to kickoff against France last Saturday because of an ankle injury.

The Wallabies are chasing their fourth-straight Test victory, in what would be their best winning sequence since notching seven consecutive wins on their run to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final.

In their past seven encounters dating back to 2006 the ledger is square between the two nations, with three wins-a-piece and a drawn Test in Dublin in 2009.

Wallabies team to play Ireland

Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rory Arnold, Rob Simmons, Dean Mumm, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Henry Speight, Reece Hodge, Tevita Kuridrani, Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau. Reserves from: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Kane Douglas, Lopeti Timani, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Quade Cooper, Sefanaia Naivalu.