Ireland's five changes for Wallabies Test

Adrian Warren
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made five changes for the deciding third Test against Australia

Ireland have made five changes to their starting side for Saturday's deciding rugby Test against Australia at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.

Injuries to winger Andrew Conway (hip), openside flanker Dan Leavy (sternum) and centre Garry Ringrose (foot) forced three of the changes.

Coach Joe Schmidt has gone for a new back-row configuration, moving captain Peter O'Mahony from blindside flanker to openside, CJ Stander from No.8 to blindside and Jack Conan makes his first start of the series at No.8.

In changes to his front row, prop Jack McGrath and hooker Sean Cronin respectively replace Cian Healy and Niall Scannell, both of whom drop to the bench.

In the backs, Jacob Stockdale replaces Conway and Bundee Aki comes in at inside centre, with Robbie Henshaw shifting to outside centre.

Five-eighth Ross Byrne might win a first Test cap off the bench.


Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Jack Conan, Peter O'Mahony (capt), CJ Stander, James Ryan, Devin Toner, Tadhg Furlong, Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath.

Res: Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Ross Byrne, Jordan Lamour.