2018 Ireland rugby union tour of Australia

In June 2018, Ireland played a three-test series against Australia as part of the 2018 June rugby union tests. It was the first time Ireland had played a test series against Australia in Australia since 2010. The series was part of the sixth year of the global rugby calendar established by World Rugby, which runs through to 2019.[1]

2018 Ireland rugby union tour of Australia
Coach(es)Joe Schmidt
Tour captain(s)Rory Best
Peter O'Mahony
Top test point scorer(s)Jonathan Sexton (31)
Top test try scorer(s)
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 02 00 01
Test match
03 02 00 01
Opponent
P W D L
 Australia
3 2 0 1
Tour chronology
Previous tourJapan 2017
Next tourAustralia 2020

FixturesEdit

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
9 June 2018, 20:05 AEST (UTC+10) Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Australia   18–9   Ireland
16 June 2018, 20:05 AEST (UTC+10) AAMI Park, Melbourne Australia   21–26   Ireland
23 June 2018, 20:05 AEST (UTC+10) Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia   16–20   Ireland

SquadsEdit

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 9 June, the first test match of the tour.

IrelandEdit

On 23 May 2018, Joe Schmidt named a 32-man squad for the 2018 June rugby union tests.[2]

On 31 May, tour captain Rory Best was ruled out of the test series with a hamstring injury. Munster's Niall Scannell was called-up to replace him, with Peter O'Mahony and Jonathan Sexton sharing the captaincy duties for the tour.[3]

Dave Kilcoyne trained with the squad as injury cover for Cian Healy ahead of the third test, whilst Will Addison also trained with the team, though neither player was officially added to the touring squad.[4]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Rory Best (c) Hooker (1982-08-15)15 August 1982 (aged 35) 111 Ulster
Seán Cronin Hooker (1986-05-06)6 May 1986 (aged 32) 61 Leinster
Rob Herring Hooker (1990-08-27)27 August 1990 (aged 27) 3 Ulster
Niall Scannell Hooker (1992-04-08)8 April 1992 (aged 26) 7 Munster
Tadhg Furlong Prop (1992-11-14)14 November 1992 (aged 25) 23 Leinster
Cian Healy Prop (1987-10-07)7 October 1987 (aged 30) 78 Leinster
Jack McGrath Prop (1989-10-11)11 October 1989 (aged 28) 47 Leinster
Andrew Porter Prop (1996-01-16)16 January 1996 (aged 22) 7 Leinster
John Ryan Prop (1988-08-02)2 August 1988 (aged 29) 13 Munster
Tadhg Beirne Lock (1992-01-08)8 January 1992 (aged 26) 0 Scarlets
Iain Henderson Lock (1992-02-21)21 February 1992 (aged 26) 38 Ulster
Quinn Roux Lock (1990-10-30)30 October 1990 (aged 27) 5 Connacht
James Ryan Lock (1996-07-24)24 July 1996 (aged 21) 8 Leinster
Devin Toner Lock (1986-06-29)29 June 1986 (aged 31) 58 Leinster
Dan Leavy Flanker (1994-05-23)23 May 1994 (aged 24) 9 Leinster
Jordi Murphy Flanker (1991-04-22)22 April 1991 (aged 27) 20 Leinster
Peter O'Mahony (vc) Flanker (1989-09-17)17 September 1989 (aged 28) 47 Munster
Jack Conan Number 8 (1992-07-29)29 July 1992 (aged 25) 7 Leinster
CJ Stander Number 8 (1990-04-05)5 April 1990 (aged 28) 23 Munster
John Cooney Scrum-half (1990-05-01)1 May 1990 (aged 28) 1 Ulster
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 (aged 26) 21 Connacht
Conor Murray Scrum-half (1989-04-20)20 April 1989 (aged 29) 64 Munster
Ross Byrne Fly-half (1995-04-08)8 April 1995 (aged 23) 0 Leinster
Joey Carbery Fly-half (1995-11-01)1 November 1995 (aged 22) 10 Leinster
Jonathan Sexton (vc) Fly-half (1985-07-11)11 July 1985 (aged 32) 73 Leinster
Bundee Aki Centre (1990-04-07)7 April 1990 (aged 28) 7 Connacht
Robbie Henshaw Centre (1993-06-12)12 June 1993 (aged 24) 33 Leinster
Garry Ringrose Centre (1995-01-26)26 January 1995 (aged 23) 13 Leinster
Andrew Conway Wing (1991-07-11)11 July 1991 (aged 26) 6 Munster
Keith Earls Wing (1987-10-02)2 October 1987 (aged 30) 67 Munster
Jacob Stockdale Wing (1996-04-06)6 April 1996 (aged 22) 9 Ulster
Rob Kearney Fullback (1986-03-26)26 March 1986 (aged 32) 83 Leinster
Jordan Larmour Fullback (1997-06-10)10 June 1997 (aged 20) 3 Leinster

AustraliaEdit

On 30 May 2018, Michael Cheika named a 32-man squad for the three-test series against Ireland.[5]

On 3 June, Pete Samu was added to the squad after New Zealand Rugby agreed to release the flanker, who plays for Crusaders in New Zealand, for the test series.[6] On the same day however, hooker Jordan Uelese was ruled out of the series with a knee injury sustained playing for Melbourne Rebels.[7] Tolu Latu was called-up to the squad to replace Uelese.[8]

On 18 June, Jake Gordon was called-up to replace the injured Will Genia.[9]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Franchise / province
Folau Fainga'a Hooker (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 23) 0   Brumbies
Brandon Paenga-Amosa Hooker (1995-12-25)25 December 1995 (aged 22) 0   Queensland Reds
Tolu Latu Hooker (1993-02-23)23 February 1993 (aged 25) 4   Waratahs
Jordan Uelese Hooker (1997-01-24)24 January 1997 (aged 21) 2   Melbourne Rebels
Allan Alaalatoa Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 24) 22   Brumbies
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 32) 91   Waratahs
Tom Robertson Prop (1994-08-28)28 August 1994 (aged 23) 18   Waratahs
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 30) 43   Brumbies
Taniela Tupou Prop (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 25) 1   Queensland Reds
Rory Arnold Lock (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 27) 15   Brumbies
Adam Coleman Lock (1991-10-07)7 October 1991 (aged 26) 20   Melbourne Rebels
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 29) 82   Waratahs
Izack Rodda Lock (1996-08-20)20 August 1996 (aged 21) 4   Queensland Reds
Lukhan Tui Lock (1996-09-19)19 September 1996 (aged 21) 4   Queensland Reds
Ned Hanigan Flanker (1995-04-11)11 April 1995 (aged 23) 12   Waratahs
Michael Hooper (c) Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 26) 79   Waratahs
David Pocock Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 30) 66   Brumbies
Peter Samu Flanker (1991-12-17)17 December 1991 (aged 26) 0   Crusaders
Caleb Timu Number 8 (1994-02-22)22 February 1994 (aged 24) 0   Queensland Reds
Will Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 30) 88   Melbourne Rebels
Jake Gordon Scrum-half (1993-07-06)6 July 1993 (aged 24) 0   Waratahs
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 29) 61   Waratahs
Joe Powell Scrum-half (1994-04-11)11 April 1994 (aged 24) 3   Brumbies
Bernard Foley Fly-half (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 (aged 28) 55   Waratahs
Kurtley Beale Centre (1989-01-06)6 January 1989 (aged 29) 71   Waratahs
Samu Kerevi Centre (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 24) 18   Queensland Reds
Tevita Kuridrani Centre (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 27) 58   Brumbies
Sefa Naivalu Centre (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 (aged 26) 7   Melbourne Rebels
Curtis Rona Centre (1992-05-26)26 May 1992 (aged 26) 3   Waratahs
Dane Haylett-Petty Wing (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 (aged 28) 18   Melbourne Rebels
Reece Hodge Wing (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 23) 24   Melbourne Rebels
Marika Koroibete Wing (1992-07-26)26 July 1992 (aged 25) 8   Melbourne Rebels
Tom Banks Fullback (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 23) 0   Brumbies
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 29) 62   Waratahs
Jack Maddocks Fullback (1997-02-05)5 February 1997 (aged 21) 0   Melbourne Rebels

MatchesEdit

First TestEdit

9 June 2018
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   18–9   Ireland
Try: Foley 33' m
Pocock 71' c
Con: Foley (1/2) 73'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 2', 69'
Report[10] Pen: Carbery (3/3) 13', 25', 55'
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty   62'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Kurtley Beale
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia   73'
N8 8 Caleb Timu   48'   58'   62'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 David Pocock   73'
RL 5 Adam Coleman
LL 4 Izack Rodda   54'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   55'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa   55'
LP 1 Scott Sio   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu   55'
PR 17 Tom Robertson   62'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   55'
LK 19 Rob Simmons   54'
LK 20 Lukhan Tui   73'
FL 21 Pete Samu   48'   58'   62'
SH 22 Nick Phipps   73'
WG 23 Reece Hodge   62'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls   24'
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Joey Carbery   56'
SH 9 Conor Murray   77'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Jordi Murphy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony (c)   68'
RL 5 Iain Henderson   64'
LL 4 James Ryan
TP 3 John Ryan   47'
HK 2 Rob Herring   56'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Seán Cronin   56'
PR 17 Cian Healy   47'
PR 18 Tadhg Furlong   47'
LK 19 Quinn Roux   64'
N8 20 Jack Conan   68'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   77'
FH 22 Jonathan Sexton   56'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   24'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Will Genia (Australia)[10]

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

Second TestEdit

16 June 2018
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   21–26   Ireland
Try: Beale 1' c
Penalty try 25'
Tupou 77' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 2', 77'
Report[13] Try: Conway 6' c
Furlong 53' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 7', 55'
Pen: Sexton (4/5) 12', 16', 21', 65'
AAMI Park, Melbourne[11]
Attendance: 29,018
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Kurtley Beale   63'
LW 11 Marika Koroibete   6' to 16'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia   26'
N8 8 Caleb Timu   40'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 David Pocock
RL 5 Adam Coleman   42'
LL 4 Izack Rodda   55'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   50'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa   40'
LP 1 Scott Sio   71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu   40'
PR 17 Tom Robertson   71'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   50'
LK 19 Rob Simmons   42'
LK 20 Lukhan Tui   40'
FL 21 Pete Samu   55'
SH 22 Nick Phipps   26'
WG 23 Reece Hodge   63'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Andrew Conway   14'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   78'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy   31'   38'   40'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony (c)   63'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Devin Toner   75'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   71'
HK 2 Niall Scannell   48'
LP 1 Cian Healy   26' to 36'   45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Herring   48'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   76' to 80'   31'   38'   45'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   71'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne   63'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy   40'
SH 21 John Cooney   78'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   75'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   14'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)[13]

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Tadhg Beirne (Ireland) made his international debut.[13]
  • This was Ireland's first win against Australia in Australia since their 9–3 victory in Sydney in 1979.[13]

Third TestEdit

23 June 2018
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   16–20   Ireland
Try: Koroibete 53' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 55'
Pen: Foley (3/4) 12', 21', 39'
Report[14] Try: Stander 43' m
Pen: Sexton (5/5) 8', 29', 34', 40'+2, 78'
Allianz Stadium, Sydney[11]
Attendance: 44,085
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Israel Folau   30' to 40'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Kurtley Beale
LW 11 Marika Koroibete   68'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps   60'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)   15'
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Adam Coleman   44'
LL 4 Izack Rodda   71'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   55'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa   40'
LP 1 Scott Sio   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu   40'
PR 17 Tom Robertson   60'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   55'
LK 19 Rob Simmons   44'
FL 20 Ned Hanigan   71'
FL 21 Pete Samu   15'
SH 22 Joe Powell   60'
WG 23 Reece Hodge   68'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Rob Kearney   57'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale   20' to 30'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 Jack Conan   68'
OF 7 Peter O'Mahony (c)   30'
BF 6 CJ Stander
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Devin Toner
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   66'
HK 2 Niall Scannell   55'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Herring   55'
PR 17 Cian Healy   55'
PR 18 John Ryan   66'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne   68'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy   30'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion
FH 22 Ross Byrne
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   57'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
CJ Stander (Ireland)[14]

Touch judges:
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Cam Stone (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

StatisticsEdit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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