The Left Wing Ireland team reaction: McCloskey keeps his place and McCarthy gets the nod

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Andy Farrell has named the Ireland team to face Australia in the last of their autumn internationals and Rúaidhrí O’Connor joins Will Slattery to analyse the starting XV and replacements and he doesn’t agree with the bookies giving Ireland a 13-point spread over the Wallabies.

Sinéad Kissane and Cian Tracey will have another Left Wing podcast from the Aviva Stadium on Saturday after the final whistle, plus Will and Luke will have their usual in-depth analysis on the Left Wing on Wednesday.

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