Wednesday 13 December 2017

Deans shows strong hand for Munster date

AUSTRALIA have named a powerful side to take on Munster tomorrow night with coach Robbie Deans anxious for a victory to lift morale after Saturday's 35-18 defeat by England.

There is plenty of international experience in the Wallabies' line-up, particularly at half-back where Berrick Barnes is partnered by Luke Burgess. Ben Daley starts his first game of the tour at loose-head prop, with Dean Mumm in the second row and Richard Brown at No 8. Munster fans are also likely to have the opportunity of seeing Matt Giteau tomorrow night after Deans included the utility back among the replacements.

"Munster have a history of taking international scalps; their combinations are more like international ones than provincial, and this is will be a great challenge for us," said Deans. "Following so close after the loss to England, it's really important that we get back on the front foot again. There are guys who will be aspiring to Test starts.

"This week combinations will hopefully be better again which will help individuals within the side, and this match is another great opportunity for them to stake their claim for the remaining two Tests of the tour."

AUSTRALIA (v Munster) -- 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. Reserves: T Polota-Nau, J Slipper, V Humphries, P McCutcheon, N Phipps, M Giteau, P Hynes.

Hugh Farrelly

Irish Independent

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