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Deans airs Aussie caution at Thomond

AUSTRALIA coach Robbie Deans has outlined the size of the task facing his midweek side when they tackle Munster at Thomond Park tomorrow.

Deans wants a swift response from his squad after losing 35-18 to England at Twickenham on Saturday.

But Magners League leaders Munster have won three and drawn one of their five meetings with Australia, most recently in 1992, when the Wallabies were world champions.

Deans said: “Following so close after the loss to England, it's really important that we get back on the front foot again.

“Munster have a history of taking international scalps. Their combinations are more like international ones than provincial, and this will be a great challenge for us.

“We saw in the first midweek outing against Leicester that it was a tough encounter, but the side nutted their way through and they'll be better off for it leading into this match.

“We're playing against teams full of international players and this week will be tougher again.”

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who received a late call-up into the touring squad, is set to make his first appearance since undergoing ankle surgery in June after he was named on the bench.

Saia Faingaa starts at hooker alongside loosehead prop Ben Daley, who replaces James Slipper, while Dean Mumm takes over from Van Humphries in the second row.

In the backs, Lachie Turner has shifted to full-back, opening a space on the wing for Commonwealth Games Sevens silver medallist Luke Morahan to make his first senior start.

AUSTRALIA: L Turner; R Davies, P McCabe, A Faingaa, L Morahan; B Barnes (capt), L Burgess; B Daley, S Faingaa, S Ma’afu, D Mumm, R Simmons, S Higginbotham, M Hodgson, R Brown. Replacements: T Polota-Nau, J Slipper, V Humphries, P McCutcheon, N Phipps, M Giteau, P Hynes.