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Good morning and welcome along to our live coverage of Ireland’s first summer Test against Australia from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Joe Schmidt’s side arrive Down Under as the Grand Slam champions and the number two ranked side in the world, but this three-Test tour will be a real test for Ireland 18 months out from the World Cup.

Schmidt has opted to shuffle his pack for the series opener, with the head coach making six changes to his side from the one which started at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day.

Can Ireland extend their winning run out to over a year, or will Michael Cheika’s Wallabies prove too strong on their own patch? We’re following all the action, with kick off at 11am Irish time.

The stage is set.

A view of the match programme Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Conor Murray and Joey Carbery in the dressing before the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

A view of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

TEAM NEWS: Cheika has handed hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa and number eight Caleb Timu their Test debuts. Michael Hooper captains a team that includes big names like Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale and David Pocock, and boasts a total of 623 Test caps between the 15 starters.

Australia:

15. Isreal Folau
14. Marika Koroibete
13. Samu Kerevi
12. Kurtley Beale
11. Dane Haylett-Petty
10. Bernard Foley
9. Will Genia

1. Scott Sio
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Izack Rodda
5. Adam Coleman
6. David Pocock
7. Michael Hooper (captain)
8. Caleb Timu

Replacements:

16. Tolu Latu
17. Tom Robertson
18. Taniela Tupou
19. Rob Simmons
20. Lukhan Tui
21. Pete Samu
22. Nick Phipps
23. Reece Hodge

TEAM NEWS: Ireland haven’t won a Test in Australia since 1979, and this is the side Joe Schmidt has selected for this morning’s game. The big talking point is the inclusion at Joey Carbery at out-half, in one of six changes from the England Grand Slam decider.

Rory Best was ruled out of the tour through injury but Schmidt has opted to rest several of the Leinster players — including Cian Healy, Garry Ringrose, Dan Leavy and Johnny Sexton — who helped the province to a Champions Cup-Pro14 double.

In Best’s absence, Ulster hooker Rob Herring is given his chance in a front row alongside Jack McGrath and Munster’s John Ryan, with Peter O’Mahony skippering the side in the back row.

Ireland:

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Joey Carbery
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rob Herring
3. John Ryan
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
7. Jordi Murphy
8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin
17. Cian Healy
18. Tadhg Furlong
19. Quinn Roux
20. Jack Conan
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Johnny Sexton
23. Jordan Larmour

Ryan Bailey here to bring you minute-by-minute updates, while Murray Kinsella is in position at the impressive Suncorp Stadium as we bring you live coverage of this first Test.

Ireland are on a 12-game winning streak coming into today’s Test, and with confidence sky high on the back of a memorable season at both international and provincial level, there is huge expectation coming into this series.

Which way do you see this one going?


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Joe Schmidt has been talking about Joey Carbery on Sky Sports pre-match. It’s a huge day for the 22-year-old.

Joey Carbery Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

“He needs to make pertinent decisions at the right time to guide others around the park. He needs to build on that facet of his game.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Timu and Kepu come down Joey’s channel early on.”

Huge Irish following inside the Suncorp Stadium as the teams come out for the anthems. First up, Ireland’s Call…

1Mins

1 mins – From the kick off, Rob Kearney doesn’t even contest with Israel Folau and gives away an early penalty. The referee, by the way, is South African Mariuks van der Westhuizen.

2Mins

2 mins – Poor start from Ireland, as they give away another penalty with Kearney again pinged for wiping Folau out in the air after Peter O’Mahony had stolen the initial line out. Bernard Foley has called for the tee.

2Mins

2 mins — Penalty! Australia 3-0 Ireland (Foley)

No mistake from the Wallabies out-half as he dissects the posts to give his side an early lead.

4Mins

4 mins — Oomph! Conor Murray positions himself under a clearing kick but is absolutely smashed by Marika Koroibete. The scrum-half dusts himself down and from the next phase of play, Robbie Henshaw does superbly to force the turnover after an Australia scrum. Ferocious start in Brisbane.

5Mins

5 mins – Australia are up for this. The hosts have started so aggressively and have made a couple of monstrous hits, with Murray down receiving treatment after Koroibete made the tackle and then James Ryan’s shoulder clattered into the scrum-half’s face.

8Mins

8 mins – Murray is on the receiving end of another shuddering blow as Jordi Murphy pops it inside for the scrum-half, but Keale read the play and was quickly off the line to take man and ball. Murray was penalised and the Wallabies clear.

10Mins

Israel Folau tackled by Rob Kearney Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

A view of the pyrotechnics before the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rob Kearney with Marika Koroibete and Will Genia Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

11Mins

11 mins – James Ryan the latest Ireland player down receiving treatment as he tentatively moves his shoulder after making a good hit on Coleman. And then Carbery is smashed by Michael Hooper as he tips it on in midfield. Incredible intensity to this Test match.

12Mins

12 mins – That’s better from Ireland. They work it out wide and look to expose the Wallabies on the outside flank, with O’Mahony — yes, O’Mahony — grubbering through down this short side and Ireland have an attacking line out five minutes out.

13Mins

13 mins – Rob Herring finds his man and Ireland show patience to recycle possession before Beale shoots off the line and concedes the penalty under the posts.

14Mins

14 mins — Penalty! Australia 3-3 Ireland (Carbery)

A nice settler for Carbery as he knocks over the penalty from in front of the posts. Ireland are level after 14 minutes.

16Mins

16 mins – Ireland have settled into the occasion after a slow start, as Keith Earls and then James Ryan produce two big moments in defence to repel the Aussies.

The latter welcomes Paenga-Amosa to Test rugby by driving him backwards and in the same movement turning the ball over as Ireland steal possession in midfield. Super-human work from the Leinster second row.

20Mins

18 mins — What a tackle! Carbery’s restart is gathered superbly by Stockdale, before he is smashed into touch by Coleman, but the Ulster winger then joins the party with a try-saving tackle of his own.

Beale shows Henshaw up in midfield and just as Ireland look like they’re in big trouble, Stockdale comes across to cover and deny Koroibete in the far corner.

21Mins

21 mins – This has been incredible Test match already with absolutely nothing between the sides during a ferocious and uber-physical opening quarter at the Suncorp Stadium. The heavyweight contest at the breakdown has been absolutely fascinating with the likes of Stander, Hooper, O’Mahony and Pocock battling for every scrap.

23Mins

23 mins – O’Mahony is producing a captain’s performance, anyway. He has just disrupted clean Australia possession on the Irish line and Carbery is able to clear.

24Mins

24 mins – Earls looks to be in a bit of bother here as he goes up with Dan Haylett-Petty and gets clattered, leaving him bloodied around his right ear. The medics are on but the Munster winger isn’t going off for a HIA, which is remarkable.

25Mins

25 mins – Ireland are on the front foot, and it all comes from the trademark loop, but instead of Sexton in the pivot, it’s Carbery pulling the strings. Stockdale gets outside the cover and Earls is in space on the right, but his attempted chip over the top is blocked down.

The Munster winger is now going off for that HIA, with Jordan Larmour on in his place.

26Mins

26 mins – Ireland have really changed the momentum in the last few minutes and they’ve a great chance here to take the lead after Pocock is pinged at the breakdown by the referee for what it deemed an illegal steal. Looks to have been a harsh call, to be fair.

26Mins

26 mins — Penalty! Australia 3-6 Ireland (Carbery)

Two from two for Carbery as Ireland hit the front for the first time.

28Mins

James Ryan tackled by Will Genia Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rob Kearney tackled by David Pocock Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Peter O'Mahony and Michael Hooper Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

30Mins

31Mins

31 mins — Ireland have really owned this second quarter, dominating the collisions and at the breakdown and wearing the Australians down. Schmidt’s side are enjoying all the territory and the door appeared to have opened, but Herring just couldn’t get the final offload away.

Folau clears his lines down field but Kearney covers the ground brilliantly to get across and then finds a brilliant touch with the outside of his left boot from a tight angle, with the ball bouncing once and trickling into touch. Class from the fullback.

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33 mins — TRY! Australia 8-6 Ireland (Foley)

Oh no, just as we were singing Kearney’s praises, the fullback fails to deal with a kick on this near side and Australia punish Ireland clinically as they switch the point of attack through Folau and the green shirts are caught narrow. Foley finishes off in the corner, but misses the conversion.

39Mins

38 mins – It has been a poor couple of minutes for Kearney as he fumbles a straightforward clearance kick into touch. Not like him.

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Half-time! Australia 8-6 Ireland 

A ferocious and gripping 40 minutes of Test rugby comes to an end with the hosts leading by two thanks to Foley’s late first-half try, after Ireland had dominated the second quarter and hit the front through the boot of Carbery.

What did you make of that first half? Australia are fired up and are having a real go at Ireland.

Joey Carbery kicks a penalty Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland fans Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Bundee Aki tackled by Marika Koroibete Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

40Mins

KICK OFF! We’re back underway at the Suncorp Stadium.

42Mins

42 mins – What a line from CJ Stander, as he barrels through a gap in midfield and storms clear from 30 years out, but it appears the Munster number eight is held up brilliantly by Dane Haylett-Petty and Marika Koroibete. The TMO says the ‘footage is inclusive’ and we’re going back for a five metres scrum.

44Mins

44 mins – Ireland remaining patient, going through the phases and searching for a gap in the defence but Australia have stood firm.

46Mins

45 mins – And after all that, Ireland concede a soft penalty as Pocock again does terrific work to force the turnover six yards out from Australia’s line.

46Mins

46 mins – Ireland instantly win the ball back and then Australia are penalised for being offside in midfield — but Carbery misses a relatively straightforward penalty attempt.

45Mins

47Mins

47 mins – Now it gets serious. Furlong and Healy are on for Ryan and McGrath.

49Mins

49 mins – Ireland look to switch the point of attack and make hay down the five-metre channel off the lineout, but Bundee Aki doesn’t get the pass away quickly enough and the Australian defence reorganises.

50Mins

50 mins – Another turnover and it’s Pete Samu, who has only been on the field a matter of minutes. Frustration for Ireland.

51Mins

Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete tackle Rob Kearney Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Samu Kerevi tackles Bundee Aki Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

CJ Stander charges to the line Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

52Mins

52 mins – That was poor from Folau as he relieves all the pressure on Ireland by coming in from the side as Murphy looked to get in and steal.

54Mins

54 mins — Penalty! Australia 8-9 Ireland (Carbery)

Folau’s moment of madness is punished with three Irish points as the visitors go down the other end and eventually win a penalty inside the Australia 22, with Carbery making no mistake this time. Schmidt’s side are back in front.

55Mins

55 mins – That decision looked to be a bit harsh on Pocock, nevertheless Carbery slots over his third penalty. And that’s his last involvement, with Johnny Sexton entering the action for the final 25 minutes.

56Mins

56 mins – And Sean Cronin is also on, replacing Herring in the front row, and what a boost it is for Ireland to bring that calibre of player on for the final quarter.

5847Mins

What did you make of Carbery’s performance?

A tough test for the 22-year-old, a few mistakes but nothing major. A very solid showing.

Joey Carbery Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

58Mins

58 mins – Out of nothing, Conor Murray engineers a break and Australia are scrambling, but the scrum-half opts to grubber and he overcooks it with the ball eventually going dead. It’s on a knife-edge.

60Mins

60 mins — TRY! Australia 13-9 Ireland (Folau)

That’s utterly clinical from Australia.

Ireland go through phase-after-phase of possession but when Bundee Aki is turned over, the visitors are exposed out wide as Healy, Cronin and James Ryan were left out on the right wing, with Folau running it in. It had to be Izzy!

61Mins

OH WAIT, NO TRY!

The referee has been alerted to potential foul play in the build-up and replays show Coleman tackle Iain Henderson off the ball and the officials chalk off the try. Huge let off for Ireland!

62Mins

63Mins

The Fields of Athenry reverberates around the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as the large Irish support inside the ground make their voices heard.

Ireland fans during the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland fans during the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

63Mins

63 mins – Sean Cronin penalised for a neck roll on Hooper as he tried to clear the Australia flanker out. Big chance for the hosts now.

65Mins

65 mins – Ireland under serious pressure in their own 22. Quinn Roux has been introduced for Henderson.

66Mins

66 mins – But Australia, pressing and probing and looking so, so dangerous knock on, and Ireland survive the onslaught on their line. 14 phases of energy-sapping defence.

67Mins

Jordan Larmour and Dane Haylett-Petty Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rob Kearney tackled by Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Marika Koroibete with Rob Kearney and Conor Murray Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

67Mins

67 mins — Penalty! Australia 11-9 Ireland (Foley)

That’s a huge shove from the Aussies and they win the scrum penalty against the head, giving Foley an easy opportunity to put the hosts back in front from under the posts.

70Mins

70 mins – Izzy Folau with another incredible catch under the high ball, this time beating Stockdale in the air, and then the Ulster winger is harshly pinged after scrambling back to avert the danger under pressure. That was a very poor call from the official.

Stockdale, a la James Lowe, was tackled, released the ball and got up and played on but Marius wasn’t having any of it.

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73 mins — TRY! Australia 18-9 Ireland (Pocock)

Genia taps the penalty quickly and eventually Pocock shows all his strength to crash over the whitewash, with Foley adding the extras.

76Mins

76 mins – Frustration for Ireland, and it spills out of Conor Murray as he swears at the referee after he awarded Australia a scrum five metres from their own line, when a gold jersey was clearly slowing down the ball.

A big reversal and that should be that.

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Full-time! Australia 18-9 Ireland 

Kieran Marmion looks to be over for a consolation try, but the referee goes upstairs and chalks it off after a knock on in the build-up. And that’s full-time!

80Mins

So, Ireland’s 12-game winning streak which extended all the way back to March 2017 has been ended in Brisbane, with Australia’s power and ruthless edge proves too much for Joe Schmidt’s men.

Bernard Foley’s 13-point haul proved crucial at Suncorp Stadium, as the hosts produced a gutsy display to withstand everything Ireland threw at time, while striking twice at the other end through the out-half and the outstanding David Pocock.

Australia head to Melbourne for next Saturday’s second Test with the advantage.

80Mins

Thanks for joining us this morning, and be sure to stick around for much more reaction and analysis from the first Test from Brisbane. We’ll be joined live by Murray Kinsella shortly to pick through the game over on our Facebook page.

Until then, goodbye!

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