Ireland mull changes for Wallabies decider

Adrian Warren
Ireland are considering changes to their team despite last week's powerful win over the Wallabies

Ireland are considering changes to their team for Saturday's series-deciding Test against the Wallabies, irrespective of whether their injured players recover in time.

Forwards coach Simon Easterby said no one had been ruled out of Saturday's clash at Sydney's Allianz Stadium, although there are injury queries over prop Cian Healy (shoulder), winger Andrew Conway (hip) and flanker Dan Leavy (sternum).

"Cian trained (on Tuesday), Dan we managed a bit but he did some stuff and Andrew is still carrying quite a nasty hip pointer," Easterby said.

"But the way they have presented themselves the 48 hours post-game is very encouraging.

"The medical staff and conditioning staff have done a great job getting the players right and the players themselves have really looked after themselves after a pretty bruising encounter in Melbourne.

"'Even the guys that have carried some serious bumps from the weekend are looking far better than expected."

The presence at training on Tuesday of Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne generated speculation he might be cover for Healy, though team officials said he was not an official member of the squad.

Irrespective of whether coach Joe Schmidt has a full complement of players to call upon, Easterby hinted at some changes to the match-day 23.

"I think there will be some changes, whether that's the starting team or the bench," Easterby said.

"There's always going to be an opportunity through a three-Test series, not only through injury, but also through our need to try and get some exposure for some of the more inexperienced players on a tour like this.

"We're not that far out from a World Cup and this has been a great tour for us to get to know players who we're maybe not that familiar with and get some game time and training time with those players."

While the Wallabies camp asserted the Irish had blocked Israel Folau in his pursuit of high kicks last weekend, Easterby didn't feel his team did anything wrong or unusual.

"I just think on the weekend we showed a lot more urgency to get back and support the player receiving the ball," he said.