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Open Thread: Pick your Ireland line-up to face the Wallabies

The centre pairing is again the big call in the starting XV.

Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

HERE WE GO then, Saturday marks the climax to Ireland’s November Test series.

Australia are back in town with Michael Cheika hoping to match his predecessor by winning in Dublin, give his side a pre-World Cup boost and in the process get one over on the man who replaced him as Leinster coach.

Joe Schmidt has had two wins in two Tests and has used the series as a chance to introduce new names to the international fold while also honing some of the existing strengths around the breakdown and maul.

The Kiwi will probably already have announced his team to the squad, so tell us your thoughts on selection below.

Jared Payne has been ruled out with a foot injury and Mike McCarthy has also been withdrawn due to concussion. There are two experienced heads back available to play however as Rory Best and Gordon D’Arcy have taken a full part in training.

So, who would you pit against the Wallabies?

D’Arcy’s defensive chat and 12 more pictures from Ireland’s training session today

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