12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
There are not expected to be any surprises when the side is named with Denis Hickie probably selected on the wing despite a hand injury with a final decision on his participation left until later in the week.
Now that Keith Wood is not available, the captain's armband will likely go to Anthony Foley.
The Australians arrived in Ireland yesterday evening in two batches, one via Madrid the other via London.