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Sport Cheika names unchanged squad for second Ireland Test

09:08  14 june  2018
09:08  14 june  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes Ireland are expecting series whitewash

  Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes Ireland are expecting series whitewash Michael Cheika is confident Australia can beat Ireland, even if he believes the Six Nations champions will back themselves for a series whitewash. Ireland are unbeaten since losing to Wales in March 2017, winning the northern hemisphere Grand Slam earlier this year, and will head to face the Wallabies full of confidence.That is something Cheika is wary of heading into the three-Test series, but he is confident the Wallabies have the quality to see off Ireland this month.

Michael Cheika has named five potential debutants in his 32-man Australia squad for their forthcoming Test series against Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland .

It's a decision NZR said on Tuesday they were still mulling over and on Wednesday night, when Cheika named his squad , he said he couldn't pick Samu Ned Hanigan not expected to be back from a knee injury until the second Test . Wallabies squad for Mitsubishi Estate June Series against Ireland .

Sticking tight: Michael Cheika has kept faith with the players who got the job done against Ireland in Brisbane last week.© AAP Sticking tight: Michael Cheika has kept faith with the players who got the job done against Ireland in Brisbane last week.

Michael Cheika has named an unchanged line-up for Australia's second Test against Ireland in Melbourne on Saturday.

It is the first time Cheika has used the same 23 players in consecutive Test matches in his three and a half years in charge.

Caleb Timu retains his starting spot alongside No.8 David Pocock and No.7 Michael Hooper in the back row, with Cheika resisting the urge to rush back NSW flanker Ned Hanigan. In the second row, Adam Coleman and Izack Rodda have held onto their spots despite Brumbies lock Rory Arnold serving out his suspension. And up front debutant Brandon Paenga-Amosa earns his second start at hooker.

Genia breaks arm in Ireland defeat

  Genia breaks arm in Ireland defeat Michael Cheika was critical of the Cian Healy challenge that broke Will Genia's arm.Will Genia sustained a broken arm in Australia's second-Test defeat to Ireland on Saturday, with coach Michael Cheika critical of the "king hit" that caused the injury.

Michael Cheika has named five potential debutants in his 32-man Australia squad for their forthcoming Test series against Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland . Jack Maddocks, Tom Banks, Folau Fainga'a, Caleb Timu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa all feature among a group that sees

Cheika is due to name his squad for the series on Wednesday next week. One player missing will be lock Rory Arnold, who was banned Sunday for three weeks, ruling him out of contention for the first Test .

The decision is a vote of confidence in the team that went one-nil up against Ireland with an 18-9 victory in Brisbane last week.

Unlike Joe Schmidt, who was widely expected to make a raft of changes, Cheika has rewarded solid performances with more game time. Playmakers Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley retain their combination, while the back row assembly of aerial specialist Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty and Marika Koroibete are also intact.

With showers and some wind forecast at AAMI Park on Saturday, and a beefed up Ireland forward pack in mind, Cheika has also retained a forward-heavy six-two split on the bench, with Nick Phipps backup halfback and Reece Hodge expected to cover a number of positions.

Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Caleb Timu, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Scott Sio. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Reece Hodge.

Wallabies' Uelese to undergo knee surgery .
Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese will have a knee reconstruction on Thursday after scans confirmed he has ruptured his ACL.The 21-year-old hurt his knee in the Rebels' Super Rugby win over the Blues on Saturday, ruling him out of this month's Test series against Ireland.

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