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Jacob Stockdale named in Ireland squad for Wallabies showdown

By Adam McKendry

Jacob Stockdale is the only Ulster representative in the Ireland squad for their winner-takes-all final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday (11:05am kick-off).

Winger Stockdale has been recalled to the starting line-up after he missed last week's Test in Melbourne due to a knock, replacing the injured Andrew Conway.

Rob Herring is not included as head coach Joe Schmidt continues the expected rotation of his hookers, while Iain Henderson is overlooked at lock.

John Cooney makes way for Kieran Marmion as Conor Murray's understudy, although Ulster-bound back row Jordi Murphy is included as the replacement flanker.

Talented young Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne could be in line for his debut off the bench as Schmidt makes a number of changes to the team that defeated the Wallabies last week.

Up front, Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin are drafted in alongside Tadhg Furlong, while James Ryan and Devin Toner continue their second row partnership.

There's a new role for Peter O'Mahony who moves to the openside flank, with Munster team-mate CJ Stander moved to the blindside and Jack Conan coming into the side at No.8.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton continue their half-back partnership, while Bundee Aki returns to the centre alongside Robbie Henshaw.

In the back three, Stockdale is restored to the wing across from Keith Earls, with Rob Kearney the final name on the teamsheet at full-back.

Niall Scannell, Cian Healy and John Ryan provide the front row replacements, with Tadhg Beirne and Murphy the loose forwards, while Marmion, the uncapped Byrne and Jordan Larmour are the backs.

Ireland team to play Australia

15. Rob Kearney, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Jacob Stockdale, 10. Johnny Sexton, 9. Conor Murray; 1. Jack McGrath, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Devin Toner, 5. James Ryan, 6. CJ Stander, 7. Peter O'Mahony (captain), 8. Jack Conan.

Replacements: 16. Niall Scannell, 17. Cian Healy, 18. John Ryan, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Jordi Murphy, 21. Kieran Marmion, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Jordan Larmour.

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