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Australia's Will Genia during a press conference ahead of their Autumn International Rugby match against Ireland on Saturday. Australia Rugby Press Conference, Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin.  Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Australia's Will Genia during a press conference ahead of their Autumn International Rugby match against Ireland on Saturday. Australia Rugby Press Conference, Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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Australia's Will Genia during a press conference ahead of their Autumn International Rugby match against Ireland on Saturday. Australia Rugby Press Conference, Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia believes he is coming up against one of the best half back partnerships in the world when he goes to battle with Conor Murray and Jonny Sexton on Saturday.

Ireland preferred partnership behind the scrum have been in very good form and the Australian number nine is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

"Yeah I think (Murray)’s been an outstanding player the last few seasons. He’s world class, he’s got a great pass, he likes to run the ball, he enjoys the physical side of the game," Genia said.

"He and Johnny Sexton have formed a very good partnership in the 9 and 10 jerseys."

Australia come into the game on the back of a narrow victory over Wales and a narrow defeat in Paris and Genia is confident that his side are adapting well to how Michael Cheika wants to play the game.

Genia believes that Australia have enough time to perfect the gameplan before next year's Rugby World Cup.

"He knows very much how he wants to play the game and it’s just all about whether or not everyone wants to buy into it," he added.

"From the training sessions that we had, from the games that we had, from the meetings that we had, everyone is excited about the way he wants to play the game, everyone’s bought into the way he wants to play the game.

"I think we’ve got the players to play that type of game. It’s about six test matches to the World Cup so I think that’s enough time as far as games go but also the amount of time the team spends together. It’s more than enough time."

Cheika's success with the Waratahs may have got him the job with his national side but his achievements with Leinster did not go unnoticed Down Under

"Winning the Heineken Cup is a massive achievement and something he can be very proud of. I was aware that he was a coach at Leinster, there was the Rocky Elsom connection as well," Genia added.

Ireland's play under Joe Schmidt has been marked by their ferocity at the breakdown and how they pressurise opposition half backs but Genia is prepared for it.

"They pressure the breakdown and try to slow the ball down so you don’t get momentum.

"It’s something we spoke about last year and it’s a focus again this week. We just got to make sure  we’re clinical and don’t over-commit in terms of numbers and we really clear out the threat so the nine can get good, quick ball to shift to the backs."

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons is particularly interested in stopping Ireland's attacking maul which has been used to devastating effect over the last 18 months.

"We’ve seen their maul come on in leaps and bounds. That’s how they score most of their tries and that’s something as a forward pack we’re trying to nullify so the backs can stop their backs running off the back of it," he said.

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