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Ireland v Australia
Croke Park, Dublin
Sunday 15th November 2009. Kickoff 3pm GMT (1am AEST/2am AEDT)
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This should be a very good game in Dublin, the toughest test of the tour for the Wallabies you'd think and the most possible slip-up on the way to winning the Grand Slam. Ireland will be out to make it a very uncomfortable experience for the Aussies, they have a lot of class in that backline with the likes of Kearney at FB, O'Driscoll and O'Gara and the mongrel of the forwards with O'Callaghan and O'Connel in the 2nd row. I think the Wallabies will have to step it up a few levels after their performance against a weakened English team last week to get the win. The Wallabies have made one change to their starting line up with G.Smith dropping to the bench again for Pocock to start the game.
My Tip: Australia 1-12

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Ireland: R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll (Leinster, capt), P Wallace (Ulster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); R O'Gara (Munster), T O'Leary (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), J Flannery (Munster), J Hayes (Munster); D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster); S Ferris (Ulster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: S Cronin (Connacht), T Court (Ulster), L Cullen (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), J Sexton (Leinster), K Earls (Munster).

Australia: A Ashley-Cooper, P Hynes, D Ioane, Q Cooper, D Mitchell, M Giteau, W Genia; B Robinson, S Moore, B Alexander, J Horwill, M Chisholm, R Elsom (capt), D Pocock, W Palu.
Replacements: T Polota Nau, M Dunning, D Mumm, G Smith, L Burgess, R Cross, J O'Connor.
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Ioane and Cooper are in for a big game. I think O'Driscoll will test them out big time.

I just think Ireland with the home ground advantage will be a little too good and get up in a tight one. Ire by 6.

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Ireland by 10.

O'Gara's kicking to be too good and O'Driscoll to run all over the Aussie centres...will be the test for them
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This match hasn't received too much attention back here in Australia, all the focus seemed to be on the Four Nations this week. But it's a massive match, it's going to be a huge test for a fairly young and inexperienced Wallabies side. I'm not confident at all, but I never tip against the Aussies so I'll say the Wallabies to win by three points.

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hahahahaha no grand slam title, 20 all lol

brian o driscoll is the man, how hes been so good over the years in an average backline is beyond me. imagine him playing for england/nz/aus or something, would easily be the best centre of all time
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Oh well we can still do the slam undefeated which is an achievment in itself.. A few calls were very harsh during the game and we really should have won in the end. Also would have helped if Gits had his kicking boots on. In the end a draw against Ireland is a respectable result but really should have been celebrating a victory.

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A draw? that just feels so empty though.

And Steelers, Ireland have a pretty decent backline, much better than Englands current one.

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A draw? that just feels so empty though.

And Steelers, Ireland have a pretty decent backline, much better than Englands current one.

Agree with that. Ireland are a great team. Pretty sure they are on a run of 7 matches in a row without defeat and with the draw against the Aussies move to 3rd in the rankings taking our place.

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yeah but now hes at the end of his career, his team for about 5 years at least werent that great to be honest

i meant englands world cup team, if he was there he could have been one of the best centres of all time i reckon, got mad respect for him ay
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They were 4th to start with mate, Aussie are 3rd behind South Africa and All Blacks. Only major change to the rankings after this weekends games is Wales moved from 8th to 7th knocking England down a spot.

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They were 4th to start with mate, Aussie are 3rd behind South Africa and All Blacks. Only major change to the rankings after this weekends games is Wales moved from 8th to 7th knocking England down a spot.

I said 3rd. Just heard on foxsportsnews they moved up so possibly waiting to take effect?

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yeah but now hes at the end of his career, his team for about 5 years at least werent that great to be honest

i meant englands world cup team, if he was there he could have been one of the best centres of all time i reckon, got mad respect for him ay

I and many others already regard him as one of the best centers of all time. Ireland have been a strong team for a good few years now, have just stumbled at WC (much like the ABs) I think going into the WC in '07 they were 4th favourite to win it (behind Springboks, France and All Blacks)

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Hendo Maroon wrote:
They were 4th to start with mate, Aussie are 3rd behind South Africa and All Blacks. Only major change to the rankings after this weekends games is Wales moved from 8th to 7th knocking England down a spot.

I said 3rd. Just heard on foxsportsnews they moved up so possibly waiting to take effect?

Well that seems stupid? how can a draw make them move above?

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They were 4th to start with mate, Aussie are 3rd behind South Africa and All Blacks. Only major change to the rankings after this weekends games is Wales moved from 8th to 7th knocking England down a spot.

I said 3rd. Just heard on foxsportsnews they moved up so possibly waiting to take effect?

Well that seems stupid? how can a draw make them move above?

Thats what i was wondering.. Maybe if you draw with a team ranked above you the lower team receives more ranking points? Thats the only way i see it.

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I read an article on the IRB site that said Ireland had to beat Aussie by 15 points to pass them in the rankings.

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Its possible that FSN stuffed up aswell haha which is what im starting to think.

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yeah but now hes at the end of his career, his team for about 5 years at least werent that great to be honest

i meant englands world cup team, if he was there he could have been one of the best centres of all time i reckon, got mad respect for him ay

I and many others already regard him as one of the best centers of all time. Ireland have been a strong team for a good few years now, have just stumbled at WC (much like the ABs) I think going into the WC in '07 they were 4th favourite to win it (behind Springboks, France and All Blacks)

maybe so but i think you know what i meant by if he was in a better team most people would regard him as one of the best centres
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If he had played for england he would be knighted when he retires i think. One of my all time favourite players but im glad he plays for ireland as they are my second favourite team after the all blacks
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The play at the end of the game is being heralded as an amazing backline move. From my point of view it looked pretty stock standard to me with just a horrible read my aus second five was that quade cooper or had he been subbed
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O'Driscoll is the best of the best
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Didnt get to see the match coz I was up early this morning but I saw the highlights...didnt seem to be a decent game but Aus really shoulda won it imo
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