Saturday 17 March 2018

McKenzie shuffles pack for Aviva test

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

AUSTRALIA coach Ewen McKenzie has made three changes in his pack ahead of tomorrow's showdown with Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

Sekope Kepu comes in at tighthead prop in place of the rested Ben Alexander in the first of two changes, while Scott Fardy's inclusion at flanker pushes Rob Simmons into his more familiar position in the second-row. Sitaleki Timani loses out.

McKenzie has stuck to his 'horses for courses' selection policy. Simmons' inclusion in the back-row last weekend was in an effort to directly combat the Italian pack and it seems Fardy's inclusion is a tip of the cap to Ireland's work at the breakdown.

The backline that helped produce a 50-point tally against Italy last weekend remains untouched for the third straight game on this tour as the Wallabies go in search of their first winning visit to Lansdowne Road since 2005.

Australia – I Folau; A Ashley-Cooper, T Kuridrani, M Toomua, N Cummins; Q Cooper, W Genia; J Slipper, S Moore, S Kepu; R Simmons, J Horwill; S Fardy, M Hooper, B Mowen. Reps: T Polota Nau, B Robinson, P Ryan, S Timani, L Gill, N White, C Leali'lifano, J Tomane.

Irish Independent

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