Rugby League World Cup preview: Australia v Ireland
Last Updated: 08/11/13 3:04pm
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.
"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.
2013 Rugby League World Cup
This years' Rugby League World Cup has been hailed as the greatest of all time by the organisers. Australia claimed their 10th title by beating New Zealand in the final in front of a record attendance.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.
We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.
- Hetherington wants more cups
- Wallace commits to Scotland
- Widdop left gutted by defeat
- Tomkins devastated by defeat
- Burgess defends brother George
- Johnson expresses relief
- Kangaroos leap into final
- Sheens tribute to Civoniceva
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Burgess out to deny Williams
- Aussies wary of physical Fiji
- Foran highlights main threats
- Two video refs for World Cup
- Civoniceva gets Wembley buzz
- Fiji too strong for Samoa
- England disappoint McNamara
- England stroll into semis
- Sheens retains Slater hope
- Australia put USA to the sword
- Samoa v Fiji: Teams
- Williams injury played down
- Kiwis stroll into semis
- Sheens: Slater has learned
- Brough set for toughest test
- Scots ready for biggest task
- Kiwis wary of Henderson
- Farah dropped for US clash