Australia welcome Ireland in June for a three-Test series which will take place in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
As Grand Slam champions, Ireland will head down under full of confidence that they can claim a series win and reinforce their status as the second-best team in the world.
Matches between these two sides always throw up some excellent rugby and Michael Cheika will undoubtedly want to get one over on a side now coached by his successor at Leinster, Joe Schmidt.
However, the Wallabies chances of pulling off a series win have been dealt a damaging blow with the news that Will Genia will likely miss the series due to an injury he picked up in the Melbourne Rebels’ heavy loss to the Crusaders this morning.
Scrum-half Genia limped off late in the first half at AAMI Park and the early diagnosis is that he suffered a medial ligament tear.
The recovery period for such an injury is generally at least eight weeks. Genia did play on after suffering the injury with a heavily strapped leg but he only lasted a further 10 minutes before being taken off.
According to FoxSports, a club source said the injury doesn’t look good.
“At this stage, it looks like a grade two or three tear according to the physio,” a club spokesman said.
Cheika will now have to figure out who will start for the Wallabies in Genia’s absence with the likes of Nick Phipps, Jake Gordon and Joe Powell likely to be vying for the spot.