Tui handed first Wallabies start, five changes for Ireland

Tui handed first Wallabies start, five changes for Ireland

Australia coach Michael Cheika made two changes to his side, with Nick Phipps replacing the injured Will Genia and Lukhan Tui coming in for Caleb Timu.

Despite running in five tries to two, the tourists have profited through six penalty goals to Australia's none, with sharpshooter Jonny Sexton booting Ireland to a 26-21 series leveller in Melbourne last Saturday.

IRELAND head coach Joe Schmidt brings back Bundee Aki and Jacob Stockdale for the third and final test against Australia in Sydney this Saturday.

The Wallabies had looked vulnerable before the series began, but a strong defensive effort against an under-strength Irish side earned them a surprise 18-9 victory in Brisbane.

Scrum-half Nick Phipps replaces Will Genia (broken arm) in Sydney, while Ned Hanigan and Joe Powell have been named among the replacements.

Cheika, though, insists his class of 2018 is significantly more disciplined and is confident the Wallabies can reverse a 15-12 lost penalty count from Melbourne.

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Jack Conan is set to make his first start of the series at number eight as Schmidt has gone for a new back-row configuration, moving captain Peter O'Mahony from blindside flanker to openside as he too collects his 50th cap, while CJ Stander makes the switch from number eight to blindside.

Garry Ringrose, Dan Leavy (sternum), Andrew Conway (hip) and Iain Henderson were all ruled out of contention due to injury as Ireland seek a first series win in the Southern Hemisphere since 1979.

Ireland made five changes, including in the front row where Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin will partner Tadhg Furlong. Jacob Stockdale returns to the back three alongside Keith Earls and Rob Kearney.

Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander, Bundee Aki, Sean Cronin, James Ryan and Rob Kearney.

"At the end of the day, the same sort of principles apply - win the physical battle, work harder than the opposition, try to reduce the penalties as much as possible and you're in the game with a big opportunity", Cheika said.

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