Click here for more photos from Saturday’s permanent tsb International between Ireland and Australia at Lansdowne Road.
The Irish management sing the national anthem before kick-off. Coach Eddie O’Sullivan (centre) was left in no mood for song at full-time however as Australia handed him his fifteenth defeat in 48 Test matches since he took the Ireland reins in 2002.
Ireland’s record caps holder Malcolm O’Kelly receives attention in the 18th-minute after shipping a heavy double tackle from Nathan Sharpe and Lote Tuqiri. Lock O’Kelly’s 75th cap was at a worrying end as he was stretchered off the field in a neck brace, but O’Sullivan confirmed afterwards: “Malcolm’s come round and he’s fine. He’s in good form thankfully.”
Ireland prop John Hayes tries to stop Australian scrum-half and captain George Gregan from sniping through.
Australian centre Morgan Turinui getting to grips with new Ireland midfielder Andrew Trimble.
Colourful Australian supporters cheer on their side as they end their seven-game losing streak.
**All photos by Billy Stickland, Morgan Treacy and Tom Honan of Inpho Photography**