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Irish test excites Cheika

Australia boss Michael Cheika says it will be a 'tough' three-Test series against Ireland but his squad look forward to the challenge.

The Wallabies managed to beat Wales in Cardiff in last year's autumn Tests but then went on to lose at both Murrayfield and Twickenham against Scotland and England respectively.

Now Australia are preparing for their next test against northern hemisphere opposition, as they prepare to host Grand Slam champions Ireland for three matches in June.

Cheika has been impressed with Ireland's progress in recent seasons and is looking forward to pitting his developing side against a team ranked only behind New Zealand in the world standings.

He said: "It's going to be tough, but we're looking forward to putting ourselves up against a contrasting style of play.

"They are obviously very well coached, they've got a clear and coherent plan they want to deliver and they deliver that plan every week.

"That's what's got them to number two in the world and it's a place that we'll be looking to cut them down from when they come over here."

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