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Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Get Involved


    Joseph Walliker: For England and Ireland a series win will do...

  2. Post update

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Shannon Ruska is giving an Aboriginal 'Welcome To Country' - he has a didgeridoo in his hand and is asking the crowd to participate.

    You don't see this at Twickers.

  3. Hugs o'clock

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    A lot of hugging in the tunnel by the Australian players. Sweet.

    Ireland having none of that - well, none that we saw on camera.

    The teams are out.

  4. Line-ups

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Australia: Folau; Koroibete, Kerevi, Beale, Haylett-Petty; Foley, Genia; Sio, Paenga-Amosa, Kepu, Rodda, Coleman, Pocock, Hooper, Timu.

    Replacements: Latu, Alaalatoa, Tupou, Simmons, Tui, Samu, Phipps, Hodge.

    Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Carbery, Murray; McGrath, Herring, Jo Ryan, Henderson, Ryan, O'Mahony, Murphy, Stander.

    Replacements: Cronin, Healy, Furlong, Roux, Conan, Marmion, Sexton, Larmour.

    Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

  5. Australia team news

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Tom Roberston

    As for the Aussies...

    Their prop Allan Alaalatoa sustained an ankle injury at training which means New South Wales Waratahs' Tom Robertson replaces him on the bench.

    Earlier this week, hooker Jordan Uelese was ruled out with a season-ending knee injury. Debutant Brandon Paenga-Amosa will be at two alongside props Scott Sio and Kepu.

  6. 'Australia will be bruising'

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt on Sky Sports: "We've got too much respect for Australia to think beyond today - but also you have to balance it with the future, whether that's next year's Rugby World Cup or beyond that. We are very conscious today will be incredibly tough. Australia will be really bruising early on. They will play with some width and counter-attack."

  7. Ireland team news

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Joey Carbery

    Joey Carbery will start Ireland's first Test against Australia on Saturday at fly-half.

    Head coach Joe Schmidt has chosen to rest several Leinster players following their busy end of season schedule.

    Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy are among the replacements while Garry Ringrose and Dan Leavy are not included in the squad.

    Flanker Peter O'Mahony is set to captain the side in the absence of regular skipper Rory Best.

  8. What's an acceptable series result for the Irish & English?


    Ben Sutton: I think if England and Ireland have designs on winning the World Cup next year then nothing short of a series win will do for either team. Got to show the lesser big boys what for and then kick on to NZ! Swing low

    A series win - away?!!

  9. What's an acceptable result for the Irish & English?


    Three big contests for both sides looking to upset the southern hemisphere giants.

    By the end of the summer, will fans of Ireland and England be crying tears of sadness or joy?

    Use the hashtag #bbcrugby

  10. Neat folding

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

  11. Do it for the boys of '79

    Australia v Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Ollie Campbell
    Image caption: Fly-half Ollie Campbell was Ireland's kicking king during the 1979 tour

    Ireland won't need reminding that for many...OK... several years a meeting against the Wallabies would start with, "You never know, this might be our day" and end with, "Ah well we gave it a go".

    But here we are - Saturday, 9 June 2018 - with Australia looking to try to stop the Irish from a third successive win over them.

    This match is, of course, on Aussie soil. And the last time the home side came unstuck of their own turf was back in June 1979 when Ollie Campbell's kicking and Colin Patterson's tries helped Ireland to a memorable 2-0 series victory.

    No doubt coach Joe Schmidt showed the team framed photos of Campbell and Patterson in Friday's team meeting and yelled, "Hashtag, be them". He might not have.

    Enough wittering. Kick-off at 11:00 BST at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.