Nine NSW players named in Ireland series opener


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named nine New South Welshmen in his side to face Ireland in the opening match of the three-Test series on home soil.

Michael Hooper will captain the side in what will be his 80th appearance, set to appear alongside David Pocock for the first time in gold since December 2016.

Prop Sekope Kepu will pack down with 43-Test frontman Scott Sio and debutant hooker, Brandon Paenga-Amosa.

Bernard Foley will steer the backline at flyhalf and will find familiarity in his midfield with NSW teammate Kurtley Beale named at inside-centre; NSW’s highest ever try-scorer Israel Folau has been named at fullback.

Cheika has opted for a 6-2 bench, with Tolu Latu named in the #16 jersey while Test veteran Rob Simmons will line up for the 83rd time in Wallaby gold. Nick Phipps will slot into the #22.

In a late addition to the squad, NSW prop Tom Robertson has been called in to replace Allan Alaalatoa after the latter suffered an ankle knock in Thursday's training session.

Ireland have won three of the last four meetings between the two sides but the Wallabies were victorious at their last game at Suncorp Stadium when they prevailed 22-15 in 2010.

The Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series will be the first-ever three-Test Series between the two nations as Ireland look to extend their 12-match unbeaten run.

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Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series

- Wallabies v Ireland at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 9 June 8.05pm AEST
- Wallabies v Ireland at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 16 June 8.05pm AEST
- Wallabies v Ireland at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 23 June 8.05pm AEST

Wallabies team to play Ireland at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday 9 June, 8.05pm AEST

1. Scott Sio (43 Tests)
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa*
3. Sekope Kepu (91 Tests)
4. Izack Rodda (4 Tests)
5. Adam Coleman (20 Tests)
6. David Pocock (66 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (79 Tests)
8. Caleb Timu*
9. Will Genia (88 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley (55 Tests)
11. Dane Haylett-Petty (18 Tests)
12. Kurtley Beale (71 Tests)
13. Samu Kerevi (18 Tests)
14. Marika Koroibete (8 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (62 Tests)

16. Tolu Latu (4 Tests)
17. Tom Robertson (18 Tests)
18. Taniela Tupou (1 Test)
19. Rob Simmons (82 Tests)
20. Lukhan Tui (4 Tests)
21. Pete Samu*
22. Nick Phipps (61 Tests)
23. Reece Hodge (24 Tests)
*denotes uncapped






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