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 tourNew Zealand 2022

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]

Fixtures

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

Squads

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

Ireland

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

Australia

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

Matches

First Test

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

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 downward-facing red arrow 63'
LW 11 Marika Koroibete yellow card 6' to 16'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia downward-facing red arrow 26'
N8 8 Caleb Timu downward-facing red arrow 40'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 David Pocock
RL 5 Adam Coleman downward-facing red arrow 42'
LL 4 Izack Rodda downward-facing red arrow 55'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu downward-facing red arrow 50'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa downward-facing red arrow 40'
LP 1 Scott Sio downward-facing red arrow 71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu upward-facing green arrow 40'
PR 17 Tom Robertson upward-facing green arrow 71'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou upward-facing green arrow 50'
LK 19 Rob Simmons upward-facing green arrow 42'
LK 20 Lukhan Tui upward-facing green arrow 40'
FL 21 Pete Samu upward-facing green arrow 55'
SH 22 Nick Phipps upward-facing green arrow 26'
WG 23 Reece Hodge upward-facing green arrow 63'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Andrew Conway downward-facing red arrow 14'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton downward-facing red arrow 78'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy downward-facing red arrow 31' upward-facing green arrow 38' downward-facing red arrow 40'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony (c) downward-facing red arrow 63'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Devin Toner downward-facing red arrow 75'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong downward-facing red arrow 71'
HK 2 Niall Scannell downward-facing red arrow 48'
LP 1 Cian Healy yellow card 26' to 36' downward-facing red arrow 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Herring upward-facing green arrow 48'
PR 17 Jack McGrath yellow card 76' to 80' upward-facing green arrow 31' downward-facing red arrow 38' upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 18 Andrew Porter upward-facing green arrow 71'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne upward-facing green arrow 63'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy upward-facing green arrow 40'
SH 21 John Cooney upward-facing green arrow 78'
FH 22 Joey Carbery upward-facing green arrow 75'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour upward-facing green arrow 14'
Coach:
New Zealand 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:

Third Test

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 yellow card 30' to 40'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Kurtley Beale
LW 11 Marika Koroibete downward-facing red arrow 68'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps downward-facing red arrow 60'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c) downward-facing red arrow 15'
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Adam Coleman downward-facing red arrow 44'
LL 4 Izack Rodda downward-facing red arrow 71'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu downward-facing red arrow 55'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa downward-facing red arrow 40'
LP 1 Scott Sio downward-facing red arrow 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu upward-facing green arrow 40'
PR 17 Tom Robertson upward-facing green arrow 60'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou upward-facing green arrow 55'
LK 19 Rob Simmons upward-facing green arrow 44'
FL 20 Ned Hanigan upward-facing green arrow 71'
FL 21 Pete Samu upward-facing green arrow 15'
SH 22 Joe Powell upward-facing green arrow 60'
WG 23 Reece Hodge upward-facing green arrow 68'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Rob Kearney downward-facing red arrow 57'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale yellow card 20' to 30'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 Jack Conan downward-facing red arrow 68'
OF 7 Peter O'Mahony (c) downward-facing red arrow 30'
BF 6 CJ Stander
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Devin Toner
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong downward-facing red arrow 66'
HK 2 Niall Scannell downward-facing red arrow 55'
LP 1 Jack McGrath downward-facing red arrow 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Herring upward-facing green arrow 55'
PR 17 Cian Healy upward-facing green arrow 55'
PR 18 John Ryan upward-facing green arrow 66'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne upward-facing green arrow 68'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy upward-facing green arrow 30'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion
FH 22 Ross Byrne
FB 23 Jordan Larmour upward-facing green arrow 57'
Coach:
New Zealand 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:

Statistics

Key

See also

References

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