World Rugby: Ireland put all cards on the table in must win second test against the Wallabies

Following last Saturday’s loss to the Wallabies in what was a David Pocock inspired performance that led the home side to victory, Ireland have released their team to play Australia in the second test at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne this Saturday.

Cian Healy is set to win his 80th cap as he returns to the starting XV. He will form a new look front row partnership alongside Niall Scannell and Leinster Rugby’s Tadhg Furlong.

Veteran Devin Toner returns to the fold in the second row as Joe Schmidt aims to add experience in a bid to quell an already pumped up Aussie side. Devin will start alongside the impressive James Ryan.

Dan Leavy is the final change in the pack, relieving Jordi Murphy of the Number 7 shirt following his ineffective display last Saturday. Peter O’Mahony continues to captain the side from blind side with CJ Stander completing the back row.

Johnny Sexton returns to pull the strings in what is a must win test match for the Irish, reuniting with Munster man Conor Murray to once again form the famed half back combination. In the midfield, Robbie Henshaw moves to first centre with Garry Ringrose starting at thirteen.

The back three sees Rob Kearney at fullback with Andrew Conway on the right wing and Keith Earls on the left.

The Full line up

  1. Rob Kearney
  2. Andrew Conway
  3. Garry Ringrose
  4. Robbie Henshaw
  5. Keith Earls
  6. Johnny Sexton
  7. Conor Murray
  8. Cian Healy
  9. Niall Scannell
  10. Tadhg Furlong
  11. James Ryan
  12. Devin Toner
  13. Peter O’Mahony
  14. Dan Leavy
  15. CJ Stander


  1. Rob Herring
  2. Jack McGrath
  3. Andrew Porter
  4. Tadhg Beirne
  5. Jordi Murphy
  6. John Cooney
  7. Joey Carbery
  8. Jordan Larmour


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