Wallabies Team - Ireland 2nd Test - Green and Gold Rugby

Wallabies Team – Ireland 2nd Test

Wallabies Team – Ireland 2nd Test

Wallabies Team


Irish Team

Run on XV

1. Scott Sio (44 Tests)

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa (1 Test)

3. Sekope Kepu (92 Tests)

4. Izack Rodda (5 Tests)

5. Adam Coleman (21 Tests)

6. David Pocock (67 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (80 Tests)

8. Caleb Timu (1 Test)

9. Will Genia (89 Tests)

10. Bernard Foley (56 Tests)

11. Marika Koroibete (9 Tests)

12. Kurtley Beale (72 Tests)

13. Samu Kerevi (19 Tests)

14. Dane Haylett-Petty (19 Tests)

15. Israel Folau (63 Tests)

1. Cian Healy

2. Niall Scannell

3. Tadhg Furlong

4. Devin Toner

5. James Ryan

6. Peter O’Mahony (c)

7. Dan Leavy

8. CJ Stander

9. Conor Murray

10. Johnny Sexton

11. Keith Earls

12. Robbie Henshaw

13. Garry RRRingrose

14. Andrew Conway

15. Rob Kearney



16. Tolu Latu (5 Tests)

17. Tom Robertson (19 Tests)

18. Taniela Tupou (2 Tests)

19. Rob Simmons (83 Tests)

20. Lukhan Tui (5 Tests)

21. Pete Samu (1 Test)

22. Nick Phipps (62 Tests)

23. Reece Hodge (25 Tests)

16. Rob Herring

17. Jack McGrath

18. Andrew Porter

19. Tadhg Beirne

20. Jordi Murphy

21. John Cooney

22. Joey Carbery

23. Jordan Larmour

Where: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
When: Sat 16th June 8pm AEST
Referee: Paul Williams (NZ)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzere (France), Marius van der Westhuizen (SA)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZ)

 Key points/Observations:

  • Unchanged lineup from last test match, the first time Michael Cheika has done so in 46 international matches.
  • Despite being available after injury/suspension both Hanigan, Arnold and possibly 7A’s have been overlooked for a spot in the 23.
  • Ben Skeen is still the TMO despite being subject to criticism from both sets of fans.
  • Heavy Rain is forecast.
  • Douglas

    I can’t argue with that.

    Ben Skeen still TMO but they’ve taken away the camera on his “technology”.

    • IIPA

      Hopefully they can take away his microphone and ground credentials as well.

      Liking the unchanged lineup statement even though my original side was different and I’d prefer a 5-3 split.

      No Stockdale for Irish is interesting as he looked dangerous and was a genuine threat to snaffle a cross-field kick or two and return it for interest. Their forward park might ask a few more questions for sure.

      • Who?

        Hadn’t picked up that Stockdale was gone. For mine, he was the one struggling the most with Folau’s chases. He dropped them, he was outjumped… It wasn’t an easy night for him. I don’t think he did badly (and I’m still baffled how he was penalized before Pocock’s try – ruck was done, he’d released… Thought what he did was technically perfect), and I know Earls is in form, but he’s way shorter.

    • Fatflanker

      Oh, we’ll have ‘Camera 7′ overhead, all right…can’t reveal all our secrets though!

  • Keith Butler

    Not surprised about the unchanged team as they did a great job. I expect the Irish will role out the heavy artillery from the get go and expect a very different performance that test 1. I have my tickets and can’t wait. Pity about the weather forecast as that put a whole new spin on how the two sides play.

  • Brumby Runner

    Same starting side was always on, but it will be a risk going with a 6/2 split bench if KB’s shoulder problems recur.

    • Bobas

      Can’t argue with that. Would have been hard to drop two finisher forwards for one after the vital role they played last week but.

  • John Tynan

    Credit where it’s due, I admire the choice to go with the same team.

  • Tah Tragic

    Do we call 13 for Ireland 6R’s?
    I thought 7A’s would be bought in for TR although it would have been harsh given TR’s performance.
    Also there has been a lot of talk concerning Pocock’s penalties (& 6 points) vs. his 6 turnovers. For me his presence was worth a lot more then these 8-9 incidents. Pocock, Hooper et al. were so good at the breakdown that it slowed Irish ball at almost every phase. In addition, Ireland had to put more players into the breakdown. I think this has a lot to do with why we achieved a 90% success rate in D. The extra second or two allowed our defensive line to set.
    Bring on game 2.

    • Bobas

      We don’t, too much fun pulling a Cavill.

  • Missing Link

    My only criticism of going with the same team is that Cheika wont get to look at any other players. It’s a strong, safe team granted and I sure as hell hope we beat them again but if we do win and with the series locked away, I hope Cheika changes it up next week.

    • Fatflanker

      Yep, win this one and then the third game will be the opportunity to give the likes of 7A’s and Arnold a trot.

    • Braveheart81

      Still lots of inexperienced players in this team and a bunch of them would be the guys to drop out.
      BPA, Samu, Timu = 1 test
      Tupou = 2 tests
      Rodda, Latu, Tui = 5 tests
      Koroibete = 9 tests
      Kerevi, Robertson = 19 tests

      I reckon Maddocks is probably closest in line for a debut in the third test.

      I don’t know if I’d call it a safe team. A lot of likely changes would be to bring in more experience such as Ala’alatoa, Arnold, Hanigan and Kuridrani.

    • Got to say, I think going with the same team is the right call. I’m not 100% convinced, injuries permitting, this is the right 15 and 23 for, say, a RWC semi-final or final – that said, it’s closer than a side Cheika’s picked in a couple of years IMO.

      And the young players will only get better for more experience, more time playing their combinations, unless Ireland turn up playing about 10x better and sweep them off the park. While I expect the Irish to improve, and probably win to be honest – I think there’s more room for them to improve in quick ways like passing to the player and not to space, fewer missed tackles, less kicking near Folau – I expect a competitive match and the young Wobs will learn a lot from that too. If they beat the Irish again, then kudos to them.

      I don’t think the time to ring the changes is now, not even in the third test, unless major flaws are exposed. Injury will force changes regardless over time, even if Cheika’s lucky enough not to be forced to change anyone for next week too. But what is essentially a Welsh 2nd XV (Gatland is resting a lot of stars who went on the Lions tour) just comfortably beat Los Pumas in Argentina. Given they’re the Jaguares, they’ve been together, unlike the Wallabies, the Irish and the Welsh. Mix it up against Argentina. Consider mixing it up against South Africa, especially IN South Africa. If Bledisloe III is a dead rubber, mix it up then. But the difference between having 1 cap, especially as a starter, and 15/20 is huge. The difference between 40 and 60 is less significant.

      Hardly anyone finishes a RWC campaign with their best 23 from the start of the tournament. Remember 2011 and the AB search for their fifth string 10? That might have been extreme, but in 2015 neither the AB nor the Wobs started the final with the starting line-ups you’d have picked before the tournament thanks to injuries picked up during the tournament. Wales got to the quarterfinals with basically an all-new set of backs! If Australia are going to stand a realistic chance of winning in Japan, giving those guys with 1 cap, 5 caps, 10 caps their experience now, against Ireland and so on might make all the difference next September and October.

    • Funk

      We all know what Hannigan brings, so what is there to look at??? (where is the sarcastia font?)

    • John Tynan

      I thought he’s had a couple of years now at looking at different players?

  • Bobas

    If Devon Toner played for Aus he’d be much more battle hardened with that name.

    • Braveheart81

      When Ireland played in the USA they listed him in the program as Baloney Toner.

      • Bobas

        Sean Baloney

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure gold

  • Bobas

    Fearless Predictions:
    -A yellow card each team, Skeen to this time get Coleman and send him to the ‘chilly bin’.
    -Irish one will be a deliberate knock down.
    -Foley to kick poorly out of hand but good off the tee.
    -Folau to drop a high ball in the wet.
    -Simmo to come on early for a busted line-out.
    -Latu gets called for hands in the ruck as soon as he comes on, regardless of severity.
    -Injuries to force Phipps to the wing.
    -Rugby Hemsworth gets meat.
    -If Australia win Cameron Clark’s dad will talk about droughts.

    • Shtinatina

      who’s Rugby Hemsworth?!

      • Bobas

        Taniela Tupou and he did score!

        • Shtinatina

          Ohhhh right…the “Thor” bit. Yeah saw his try.

  • lu99ke

    I see what you did there…



    • Bobas

      what’s a pirates favourite rugby player?

  • MungBean

    Much better side from Ireland
    Can’t see an Oz victory here. TK should definitely be on the bench as a bare minimum

  • Caeliv Donnelly

    I can see clearly here on Camera 7 – that Ireland will level the series. No one else can see it, I’m not going to show you, but it is clear.

    • Funk

      Sorry mate, I’m going back 327 phases and I have spotted something (is it foul play…I’m not too sure) that hasn’t effected the game whatsoever so I’m overturning your comment and calling it a series win for the Wallabies!

      • Caeliv Donnelly

        I’m like Tiger Woods’ caddy after that comment – lost in the long grass.

      • Happyman


  • Adrian

    Great for morale not to change a winning team full of inexperienced players.

    Another advantage is that the plays they rehearsed last week will be better, if exactly the same players are involved.

    I’m expecting fairly big improvement from both sides. I’m also expecting more of the Tah backline moves to be tried, and slightly less kicking from us. Foley’s strategic kicking (bombs to Folau etc) will be a bit better. Defence will mostly hold, given it is simpler, and based on Tah patterns.

    I expect Sexton to be hot and cold.

    I’m now (because of unchanged team) leaning slightly to Wallabies

  • Georgia Satellite

    Some Pad(dy) Tadgh for the starting front row. Bring the spice, Scotty.

  • onlinesideline

    that photo

    • Shtinatina

      Adam is checking his airway is clear, before starting CPR

  • mikado

    Two good-looking teams there. Ireland fractional favourites for me. Hoping for another great game!

  • Gallagher


  • Gallagher

    Anyone thought “wotif Pocock had stayed in the Wallabies last year”… dam that close loss woulda been a different story huh!


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