Kevin McLaughlin, James Downey and Georgina Robinson on The Hard Yards 1 week ago

Kevin McLaughlin, James Downey and Georgina Robinson on The Hard Yards

That was a nice, 12-game winning streak while it lasted.

Ireland's 16-month unbeaten run came crashing to an unceremonious end, in Brisbane, as the Wallabies defeated Joe Schmidt's side 18-9.

Both sides now head to Melbourne for the Second Test and Ireland get an immediate shot at redemption. Andy McGeady was joined on The Hard Yards by James Downey, Kevin McLaughlin, Pat McCarry and Australian rugby writer Georgina Robinson to look back, and forward, on an already gripping series.

Downey and McLaughlin both agree [from 9:30 below] on two backline changes that Ireland need to make for that crucial Second Test.

THE HARD YARDS - EPISODE 27

1:30 - Kev, James and Pat look at where it went wrong from Ireland
9:00 - Possible changes for the Second Test
16:20 - Georgina Robinson of Sydney Morning Herald on the latest news from Oz
23:30 - Pocock praise and how the hell do you stop him?!
37:40 - Georgina on the Ireland vs. Australia women's Test Series that never happened
47:10 - Twitter questions and England's implosion in South Africa

Ireland went with Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw as their centre combination for the First Test but Downey believes Leinster's Garry Ringrose will come in for Saturday's game in Melbourne.

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"They are physical centres and they matched up against the Aussie guys. But if Joey Carbery (or Johnny Sexton) had Garry Ringrose outside, he has that mentality where he can put him on the outside and Garry has the ability to make the outside break and stretch the Aussies just a little.

"We had Australia in a position where they were in trouble and we could have exploited them out wide, but I just think Robbie and Bundee are too similar... I prefer someone with a bit more kick. I'd like to see Robbie pushed back in and that Leinster trio at 10-12-13."

Downey would like to see more of Joey Carbery in the series but feels Johnny Sexton is a cert to return.

"The experimenting is finished," McLaughlin added. "Joe Schmidt wants to win this series.

"That is the way Joe is going to be thinking now... this is a massive Test.

"They lost the first game so he's going to bring back... he's going to go all out for the next game. A championship decider, really, because if they lose, they've lost the Test Series. I think you'll see Ireland coming out all guns blazing and fully stacked this weekend."

Ireland named their team to play Australia for the Second Test on Thursday.

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