Wal­la­bies stick with win­ning for­mula for sec­ond Test against Ire­land

The Guardian Australia - - Technology / Sport -

The Wal­la­bies have re­tained their win­ning line-up as they look to se­cure the three-Test se­ries against Ire­land on Saturday night at Mel­bourne’s AAMI Park.

Aus­tralian coach Michael Cheika has stuck with the same squad af­ter their 18-9 vic­tory in game one in Bris­bane. It is the first time since Cheika took over the Aus­tralian coach­ing job in 2014 and in 46 matches that he has named the same 23 play­ers in suc­ces­sive Tests.

Cheika re­sisted the urge to tinker with a win­ning for­mula de­spite the re­turn of flanker Ned Hani­gan (knee in­jury) and lock Rory Arnold (sus­pen­sion). He also de­cided to re­tain young­sters such as util­ity back Jack Mad­docks, with Aus­tralia hav­ing the chance to take an un­beat­able 2-0 lead over the Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons.

The Wal­la­bies will per­sist with a six-two split among the fin­ish­ers, with rain and wind fore­cast. Ire­land last played the Wal­la­bies in Mel­bourne in 2008 when Aus­tralia won 18-12 in a tight tus­sle at Dock­lands.

Wal­la­bies: Is­rael Fo­lau, Marika Koroi­bete, Samu Kerevi, Kurt­ley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty, Bernard Fo­ley, Will Ge­nia; Caleb Timu, Michael Hooper (cap­tain), David Po­cock, Adam Cole­man, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Scott Sio. Re­serves: Tolu Latu, Al­lan Alaala­toa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Sim­mons, Lukhan Tui, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Reece Hodge.

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