Sharpe ruled out Ireland Test

2010-06-24 08:42

Melbourne - Australia's struggling forward pack has suffered a blow with experienced lock Nathan Sharpe ruled out of Saturday's Test against Ireland after sustaining a back complaint at training.

The 82-Test veteran had suffered a twinge in his lower back on Tuesday which had not responded to treatment since, the Australian Rugby Union said in a statement on Thursday.

His place in the starting 15 will be taken by Brumbies second rower Mark Chisholm, with Mitchell Chapman moving into the squad on the bench.

Australia's front row has been decimated with injuries to regular props Ben Alexander and Benn Robinson, and hookers Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Replacements Salesi Ma'afu, Ben Daley and hooker Saia Faingaa were mauled by England's more powerful counterparts during their two Tests this month, but will be given another chance against Ireland in Brisbane.


15. James O'Connor, 14. Drew Mitchell, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Richard Brown, 7. David Pocock, 6. Rocky Elsom (captain), 5. Mark Chisolm, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Ben Daley

Substitutes: 16. Huia Edmonds, 17. James Slipper, 18. Mitchell Chapman, 19. Matt Hodgson, 20. Josh Valentine, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Kurtley Beale

15. Robert Kearney, 14. Tommy Bowe, 13. Brian O’Driscoll (captain), 12. Paddy Wallace, 11. Andrew Trimble, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Tomas O’Leary, 8. Chris Henry, 7. Shane Jennings, 6. Niall Ronan, 5. Mick O’Driscoll, 4. Donncha O’Callaghan, 3. Tony Buckley, 2. Sean Cronin, 1. Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16. Damien Varley, 17. Tom Court, 18. Dan Tuohy, 19. Rhys Ruddock, 20. Eoin Reddan, 21. Ronan O'Gara, 22. Geordan Murphy