For the first time since 2007 no Ulster player is named in the starting team ahead of round two of Australia v Ireland.

Rob Herring and John Cooney are however, the sole representatives in the extended squad as both occupy a spot on the replacement’s bench.

Joe Schmidt has named five changes in the pack with a new front row set to take the field tomorrow. Cian Healy starts at loosehead and is joined by Munster’s Niall Scannell and Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong at hooker and tighthead prop respectively. Devin Toner replaces Iain Henderson in the second row and partners James Ryan. Dan Leavy comes in for Ulster-bound Jordi Murphy in the only back row change. Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander remain at 6 and 8 respectively.

Johnny Sexton is restored to the starting 15 and forms the ever reliable partnership with Conor Murray. Bundee Aki drops out to accommodate Garry Ringrose in the centre. Robbie Henshaw moves to inside centre with his provincial team mate taking the 13 jersey. Keith Earls moves to the left wing and Andrew Conway is named on the right wing in replace of Jacob Stockdale. Rob Kearney remains at full back.

Ireland fell to a David Pocock-inspired Wallabies side last week as the hosts dominated Ireland at the breakdown. The inclusion of Dan Leavy at blindside flanker and Tadhg Beirne on the bench gives Ireland the needed firepower to compete against Pocock and Michael Hooper.

Hopefully we will see John Cooney get some action off the bench. Ireland have plenty of options at scrum half including Cooney, Luke McGrath and Kieran Marmion, but all have limited playing experience in the international jersey. All three are decent players and have the potential to be vital replacements if the worst happens to Conor Murray ahead of the World Cup next year.

Not only do Ireland need to save the series with a win tomorrow, but a loss allows Australia to take second spot in the world rankings.

The FRU predicts: I reckon Ireland will level the series up tomorrow. Johnny Sexton will bring composure while Leavy will be a threat at the break down. Ireland by 10 points.

Australia Ireland
Israel Folau 15 Rob Kearney
Dane Haylett-Petty 14 Andrew Conway
Samu Kerevi 13 Garry Ringrose
Kurtley Beale 12 Robbie Henshaw
Marika Koroibete 11 Keith Earls
Bernard Foley 10 Johnny Sexton
Will Genia 9 Conor Murray
Scott Sio 1 Cian Healy
Brandon Paenga-Amosa 2 Niall Scannell
Sekope Kepu 3 Tadhg Furlong
Izack Rodda 4 James Ryan
Adam Coleman 5 Devin Toner
David Pocock 6 Peter O’Mahony
Michael Hooper 7 Dan Leavy
Caleb Timu 8 CJ Stander
Tolu Latu 16 Rob Herring
Tom Robertson 17 Jack McGrath
Taniela Tupou 18 Andrew Porter
Rob Simmons 19 Tadhg Beirne
Lukhan Lealaiauloto-Tui 20 Jordi Murphy
Pete Samu 21 John Cooney
Nick Phipps 22 Joey Carbery
Reece Hodge 23 Jordan Larmour

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