Tuesday 20 February 2018

Confirmed: Sean O'Brien ruled out for Ireland but Jared Payne passed fit to face Australia

There has been a late change to the Ireland team to face Australia, with Josh van der Flier coming into the side in place of the injured Sean O'Brien.

The rampaging flanker looked back to his best against the All Blacks last weekend but emerged as an injury concern when he didn't take part in yesterday's captain's run.

Van der Flier impressed off the bench in both encounters with New Zealand this autumn, and will be backed up by Peter O'Mahony, who has been added to the list of replacements.

There were also worries surrounding the fitness of centre Jared Payne, but he has been declared fit to play.

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