Internationals

'Disrespectful' for Wallabies to look beyond Ireland - Moore

Australia will not let the prospect of a northern hemisphere grand slam affect their preparations ahead of Saturday's Test against Ireland, says captain Stephen Moore.

Last weekend's 25-23 victory over France came after triumphs against Scotland and Wales.

Ireland are next up before they meet England at Twickenham, with the Wallabies knowing another two wins would complete an impressive grand slam.

However, allowing their focus to drift to England would be "disrespectful" to Ireland according to Moore, who is only thinking about beating Joe Schmidt's side at Aviva Stadium.

"I think if we started thinking about England this week then we'd come up short tomorrow. So we haven't even thought about that game yet.

"It's disrespectful to the Irish team to even talk about it I think.

"If you look at the way they [Ireland] have played over the last month, clearly it's a huge challenge.

"I think they're playing as well as they have for a while and they've shown that in Chicago [when they beat New Zealand] and even last weekend [when the All Blacks got revenge], I know they didn't get the result but they played some great rugby and their consistency was there.

"We're going to have to play our best game of the tour to win."

Head coach Michael Cheika has named a strong XV for this weekend's clash after resting some of his top players for the match against France in Paris.

Dean Mumm comes into the back row alongside Michael Hooper and David Pocock, while Rob Simmons partners Rory Arnold in the second row.

 

Australia team: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge, Henry Speight, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rory Arnold, Rob Simmons, Dean Mumm, Michael Hooper, David Pocock.

Replacements: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Kane Douglas, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Quade Cooper, Sefanaia Naivalu.