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Saturday, kick-off 17:30Aviva StadiumIt will be a contrast in personnel when Ireland and Australia meet in Dublin this weekend.

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00:50, Feb 12 2020

Saturday, kick-off 17:30Aviva StadiumIt will be a contrast in personnel when Ireland and Australia meet in Dublin this weekend. For the hosts, much of this week has been about recuperating and monitoring the injury ward following last Saturdays brutal showdown with the All Blacks. The Wallabies, meanwhile, were able to rest a host of first-choice players - or at least start them from the bench - as they escaped Paris with a second narrow win in as many weeks.Michael Cheikas rejuvenated outfit are three from three in Europe, with their horror domestic season starting to drift a little further from the memory with each win. With a new-look front five and some different faces in the backs, the Wallabies were able to maintain their shape in attack and did just enough in defence to edge Les Bleus. The scrum was certainly an issue in Paris, though a return to the regular front-row of Scott Sio, Stephen Moore and Sekope Kepu should help matters at the Aviva.Ireland may have finished up on the wrong side of the ledger last week, but they were far from disgraced in what was a hugely physical Test match. Had it been for a little more poise in their finishing, the Irish could well have notched back-to-back win over the All Blacks. A win over another top southern hemisphere nation will surely ease the pain.Team newsJoe Schmidt has made four changes to the side that lost to the All Blacks, with Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls, Paddy Jackson and Iain Henderson coming into the starting lineup. Johnny Sexton [hamstring], Robbie Henshaw [concussion], Donnacha Ryan [fatigue] and Simon Zebo miss out as Ireland face Australia for the first time since defeating the Wallabies in 2014. Josh van der Flier returns to the bench having come in for CJ Stander after the latter was replaced after suffering a concussion last week.?Having rung the changes against France, Michael Cheika has gone for the strongest fifteen available to him. There are two changes to the side that defeated Scotland two weeks ago. Adam Coleman went off injured, five minutes into the win, replaced by Rob Simmons. Simmons lines up alongside Rory Arnold, while Dean Mumm comes into the team at flanker, with Pocock moving to No. 8.?Ireland: Kearney, Trimble, Payne, Ringrose, Earls, Jackson, Murray; McGrath, Best, Furlong, Henderson, Toner, Stander, OBri

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