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  • Bird, Slater, Cronk (2), Morris, Hayne (2), Cherry-Evans, Fifita,
    Goals: Parker (4), Smith (3),
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  • Rugby League World Cup
  • Group A
  • 9th Nov 2013
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 5,021

Rugby League World Cup preview: Australia v Ireland

Last updated: 8th November 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

PAT RICHARDS IRELAND RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

Australian-born winger Pat Richards is set to line up against the Kangaroos on Saturday

Cameron Smith Australia rugby league

Captain Cameron Smith is set to play in his third match for Australia in the World Cup

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Australia will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in this year's World Cup when they go head-to-head with Ireland at Limerick's Thomond Park on Saturday night.

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens is set to continue to rotate his star-studded squad for their final Group A match, but there is no let-up for captain Cameron Smith.

The Melbourne and Queensland hooker will play his third consecutive game for the Kangaroos while Daly Cherry-Evans will have another opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place after being paired at half-back with Cooper Cronk.

Greg Inglis, Matt Scott, Darius Boyd and Johnathan Thurston are the players chosen to sit out the game at Thomond Park as coach Tim Sheens continues to tinker with his team.

Second rower Boyd Cordner, who made his debut in last week's 34-2 win over Fiji, will be given a chance to fill the spot vacated by the injured Luke Lewis and twins Brett and Josh Morris are paired in the threequarters.

Forward Nate Myles insists the favourites for the tournament will not be letting up against Ireland despite being heavy favourites to secure the victory.

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"I am really enjoying it but it is now half way through the tournament and we are starting to get down to the business end now so it is time to switch on," said Myles.

"One more game until the quarters now, so it's game time - it's on."

Mark Aston's Ireland will be up against it having failed to score a single point in last weekend's 42-0 defeat to England at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium.

Ireland's biggest threats will come from NRL players Brett White, Rory Kostjasyn, James Hasson and Api Pewhairangi.

However, the match also sees Australian-born Pat Richards lining up against Robbie Farah. The pair played in the Wests Tigers team that won the Premiership title in 2005.

Goal-kicking winger Richards has spent the past eight years with the Wigan Warriors, but is returning to Wests Tigers for next season.

Australia: B Slater; B Morris, J Morris, B Tate, J Hayne; D Cherry-Evans, C Cronk; J Tamou, C Smith (capt), P Gallen, S Thaiday, G Bird, N Myles. Subs: A Fifita, C Parker, B Cordner, R Farah.

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