Ireland vs. Australia: Key Battles to Watch

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Ireland vs. Australia: Key Battles to Watch
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Ireland and Australia each eased to rather rudimentary wins on their most recent outings, the Shamrock overseeing a 40-9 victory over Samoa while Italy fell to the Wallabies in Turin 50-20.

This weekend, though, the two international giants meet at the Aviva Stadium and are bound to prove a far more difficult test of each other's depth, with Ewen McKenzie's visitors striving to stave away a second defeat of their tour.

Meanwhile, Joe Schmidt's Test tenure as Irish boss only got off to its start last week, but back-to-back wins over Australia would certainly give the New Zealander some personal satisfaction to go along with a team win.

With the back lines taking up most of the storylines, read on for a preview of some of the most important individual matchups to watch come 5:45 p.m. GMT on Saturday, the winner of each having a very real impact on who emerges as victor. 

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