Moore talks up Ireland

Date published: November 25 2016

Australia’s Test against Ireland on Saturday will be their toughest challenge this November, says captain Stephen Moore.

The Wallabies are aiming for a Grand Slam to cap off a difficult season and have already secured wins over Wales, Scotland and France. They face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday before ending their tour against England the week after.

Joe Schmidt’s side made history in November by recording their first win over New Zealand, in Chicago.

The world champions gained revenge with a 21-9 win in Dublin last weekend but Moore, who has Irish parents and spent part of his childhood in Galway, is expecting a tough test in Leinster on Saturday.

“We always knew these games would be the biggest of the tour,” Moore said.

“When you get to this stage it’s a big challenge for our young boys to front up and confront the Irish. The way they played over the last month – they are playing as well as they have for a while.

“Even though they lost to the All Blacks last weekend their consistency was there. We will have to play our best game so far.”