...Stephen Larkham in Tri-Nations action against the All Blacks...
Aftertwo Test outings at inside centre, Brumbies stalwart Stephen Larkham will beback in his regular role at number 10 for Australia's visit toLansdowne Road on Sunday.
The32-year-old Larkham had filled the number 12 jersey against Wales andItaly, over the past two weekends, but Wallabies coach John Connolly has opted to slot him back into the half-backs, where he will partner his former Brumbies team-mate Matt Giteau, with Mat Rogers, who was generally ineffective against the Italians, dropping to the bench.
Giteau, who has joined Western Force for the 2007 season, will belining out at scrum half for the third consecutive game. There is a newcentre combination in tour captain Stirling Mortlock and Lote Tuqiri.
In all, Connolly has made two changes in personnel and three positonal switches from last weekend's lacklustre 25-18 defeat of the Azzurri in Rome.
Rogers is indirectly replaced by Mark Gerrard, who takes Tuqiri's spot on the left wing, while in the back row, Phil Waugh returns to take the openside spot from George Smith.
The positional switches will see Mortlock move from outside to insidecentre, noted winger Tuqiri will fill the number 13 jersey, withLarkham's reverting to out-half completing the back line reshuffle.
There are five new faces on the replacements bench from last week - Josh Valentine and Al Campbell, whocaptained Australia 'A' to victory in Limerick on Wednesday, are joinedby Rogers, Smith, Tai McIsaac, Benn Robinson and Scott Staniforth.
However, Western Force hooker Brendan Cannon is a doubtful starter for Sunday due to a neck injury hesustained this week. If he has not fully recovered, McIsaac will start
AUSTRALIA TEAM AND REPLACEMENTS (v Ireland, Lansdowne Road, Sunday, November 19, kick-off 4pm):
15 - Chris Latham (Queensland Reds)
14 - Clyde Rathbone (Brumbies)
13 - Lote Tuqiri (Waratahs)
12 - Stirling Mortlock (Brumbies) (capt)
11 - Mark Gerrard (Brumbies)
10 - Stephen Larkham (Brumbies)
9 - Matt Giteau (Western Force)
1 - Al Baxter (Waratahs)
2 - Brendan Cannon (Western Force)
3 - Guy Shepherdson (Brumbies)
4 - Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)
5 - Mark Chisolm (Brumbies)
6 - Rocky Elsom (Waratahs)
7 - Phil Waugh (Waratahs)
8 - Wycliff Palu (Waratahs)
16 - Tai McIsaac (Western Force)
17 - Benn Robinson (Waratahs)
18 - Al Campbell (Brumbies)
19 - George Smith (Brumbies)
20 - Josh Valentine (Waratahs)
21 - Mat Rogers (Waratahs)
22 - Scott Staniforth (Western Force)