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Preview: Republic of Ireland - Australia
12.08.2009 at 15:00 - Thomond Park

Republic of Ireland take on Australia on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 2, in their first ever friendly at Limerick's Thomond Park.

Giovanni Trapattoni is using the game against Australia as a warm-up clash ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier with Cyprus.

The Italian has named a strong side for the game despite the Premier League starting this weekend.

Robbie Keane skippers the side and he will be partnered in attack by Wolves new boy Kevin Doyle.

Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson gets a chance in midfield and he will play alongside Stoke's Glenn Whelan.

Aiden McGeady and Damien Duff will play in the wide positions in midfield, while Preston defender Sean St Ledger earns another chance to impress after catching the eye in the last couple of games.

Australia have already booked their place to South Africa and they will field a number of familiar faces against the Irish.

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Celtic striker Scott McDonald are all set to start for Australia.

Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo and Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams are also expected to be given a chance to impress by Australia coach Pim Verbeek.

Former Liverpool and Leeds winger Harry Kewell is also set to get a run-out as Australia continue their build-up for next summer's World Cup finals.


H / A / N Matches W D L Goals + / -
H 2 1 0 1 2 - 4 -2
A 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
N 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
Total 2 1 0 1 2 - 4 -2

Date&time Comp. H / A / N Final score
12.08.2009 at 15:00 Friendly H 0 - 3
19.08.2003 at 00:00 Friendly H 2 - 1
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