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The world No.2 Ireland will tour Australia for three Tests against the Wallabies during the June International window. The first Test will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm (AEST) on Saturday, June 9.
Ireland are coming off victory in the Six Nations, where they beat all of Europe’s best, not dropping any of their five games throughout the prestigious tournament.
Australia, on the other hand, haven’t played since their Spring Tour in 2017 where they had moderate success, beating Japan and Wales, but getting well beaten by Scotland and England. Interestingly, there was no match against Ireland on that tour.
Date: Saturday, June 9
Kick-off time: 8pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Live, Fox Sports 501 and Channel Ten
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now, TenPlay
Betting: Ireland $1.73, Wallabies $2.12
Sekope Kepu, Tom Robertson, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Jordan Uelese, Izack Rodda, Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Michael Hooper, Ned Hanigan, Lukhan Tui, Caleb Timu, David Pocock, Peter Samu, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona
Forwards: Rory Best, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, James Ryan, John Ryan, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, Bundee Aki, Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, John Cooney, Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Kieran Marmion, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale
There will be two ways to watch the match on TV in Australia. The first of those is on Fox Sports 501, with the other being Channel Ten on free-to-air TV.
If you are looking to stream the match, you will need to do so on either Foxtel Now, the Foxtel app or TenPlay.
Here at The Roar, we will be providing coverage by way of a live blog and highlights.