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Kidney has faith in his front row

Venue: Croke Park, Dublin Date: Sunday, 15 November Kick-off: 1500 GMT Coverage: Live coverage on BBC Two, updates on BBC Radio Ulster MW and the BBC Sport website

John Hayes
John Hayes returns to action after a five-week ban

Ireland coach Declan Kidney expects his front row to be ready for Sunday's Test against Australia at Croke Park despite their recent inactivity.

John Hayes has just completed a five-week ban for stamping while Jerry Flannery's game time has been severely limited because of a calf problem.

"You can either moan about it or get on with it. If you want the ideal in this job it will never happen," said Kidney.

"The players are looking forward to the game and that's the important thing."

"If you spend the present thinking about the past, the future passes you by," added Kidney.

In an ironic twist, Hayes will line out in the front row alongside the player he left bloodied in Munster's 30-0 drubbing by Leinster on 3 October.

The Munster prop has not played since, having been handed a five-week suspension for stamping.

Hayes was shown a red card for the offence on 22-year-old Healy who will be making his Test debut after regular loosehead Marcus Horan was ruled out with an unspecified condition until January.

"One of the great ironies of sporting life is that John took a sabbatical for a few weeks and now he's in to mind Cian," said Ireland head coach Kidney.

"Cian has looked good all season. I wish Marcus well but the two of them would have been battling for the position.

"Marcus' injury made the decision easier but Cian had been playing well and merits selection in his own right."

Ulster's Paddy Wallace is preferred ahead of Gordon D'Arcy at inside centre while there are two uncapped players on the bench in Connacht hooker Sean Cronin and Leinster out-half Jonathan Sexton.

"You don't like leaving a fella like Gordon out," said Kidney.

"It's a big call to leave a player of his ability out of the 22.

"I never like doing it, but this was the call that stands out for me in this team selection."

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see also
Prop Healy wins first Ireland cap
11 Nov 09 |  Irish
Hayes ban reduced to five weeks
13 Oct 09 |  Rugby Union
Horan out of Ireland autumn games
06 Nov 09 |  Irish
Henry called into Ireland squad
27 Oct 09 |  Rugby Union

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