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Friday 21 September 2018

Aussies make triple switch

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie. Picture: Harry Engels/Getty
Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie. Picture: Harry Engels/Getty

COACH Ewen McKenzie has earmarked the breakdown as the reason for the three changes he has made as Australia bid to beat Ireland in Dublin for the first time since 2005.

"The breakdown is always a key area to any game. But, Ireland has been especially vocal this week on the importance they are placing on attacking us there," said McKenzie.

"It will be important for us to be extremely accurate at the breakdown. But, overall, we've gone with a forward pack that is quite capable of dominating in that area."

He brings in flanker Scott Fardy, tight-head Sekope Kefu and lock Rob Simmons as his three changes to take Ireland head on there.

Elsewhere, there are no surprises with all the Aussie aces on board, Will Genia and Quade Cooper paired at half-back and Israel Folau at full-back.

"It's pleasing that we are beginning to build strong combinations and partnerships in our backs," added McKenzie. "We are expecting the more time they spend together the better they will be."

The Wallabies have been reduced to the awful statistic of chasing their first back-to-back victories in 2013 to follow their 50-20 defeat of Italy in Turin last weekend.

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 (capt).

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