Sport Cheika names unchanged squad for second Ireland Test

09:08  14 june  2018
09:08  14 june  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Michael Cheika named an unchanged Australia squad for his team's second Test against Ireland . It marks the first time Cheika has named an unchanged 23 for back-to-back matches since taking charge in late 2014.

Michael Cheika has made history with his Wallabies line up for the second Test against Ireland .

Sticking tight: Michael Cheika has kept faith with the players who got the job done against Ireland in Brisbane last week.© AAP Sticking tight: Michael Cheika has kept faith with the players who got the job done against Ireland in Brisbane last week.

Michael Cheika has named an unchanged line-up for Australia's second Test against Ireland in Melbourne on Saturday.

It is the first time Cheika has used the same 23 players in consecutive Test matches in his three and a half years in charge.

Caleb Timu retains his starting spot alongside No.8 David Pocock and No.7 Michael Hooper in the back row, with Cheika resisting the urge to rush back NSW flanker Ned Hanigan. In the second row, Adam Coleman and Izack Rodda have held onto their spots despite Brumbies lock Rory Arnold serving out his suspension. And up front debutant Brandon Paenga-Amosa earns his second start at hooker.

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It's the first time Cheika has named the same 23 in successive tests in his 46 matches since taking over in 2014 as Australian coach. READ MORE: * Wallabies aren't All Blacks beaters yet * Wallabies down Ireland in opener.

The matchday 23 is unchanged from the one that beat France in Auckland.

The decision is a vote of confidence in the team that went one-nil up against Ireland with an 18-9 victory in Brisbane last week.

Unlike Joe Schmidt, who was widely expected to make a raft of changes, Cheika has rewarded solid performances with more game time. Playmakers Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley retain their combination, while the back row assembly of aerial specialist Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty and Marika Koroibete are also intact.

With showers and some wind forecast at AAMI Park on Saturday, and a beefed up Ireland forward pack in mind, Cheika has also retained a forward-heavy six-two split on the bench, with Nick Phipps backup halfback and Reece Hodge expected to cover a number of positions.

Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Caleb Timu, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Scott Sio. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Reece Hodge.

Genia breaks arm in Ireland defeat .
Michael Cheika was critical of the Cian Healy challenge that broke Will Genia's arm.Will Genia sustained a broken arm in Australia's second-Test defeat to Ireland on Saturday, with coach Michael Cheika critical of the "king hit" that caused the injury.

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