Rugby Union: Mostyn injury weakens Ireland

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IRELAND SUFFERED another setback on the eve of this morning's second Test with Australia in Perth, when Matthew Mostyn was ruled out of the team through injury.

The Australian-born winger was forced to stand down when he failed a last-minute fitness test after straining a hamstring during training on Wednesday. The Dungannon centre Jonathan Bell was promoted to the starting line-up with the uncapped Jeremy Staunton moving to the substitutes' bench.

Mostyn's loss comes as yet another blow to the Irish who lost their full- back Conor O'Shea when he broke his jaw in last Saturday's first Test.

In Albany yesterday, the New Zealand full-back Jeff Wilson scored four tries as the All Blacks ended a record five-match losing streak in emphatic fashion, beating Samoa 71-13. New Zealand's next opponents are France in a one-off Test in Wellington a week today, while the French must first face a New Zealand A side in Hamilton tomorrow.

IRELAND: G Dempsey (Terenure); J Bishop (London Irish), B O'Driscoll (University College Dublin), K Maggs (Bath), J Bell; D Humphreys (both Dungannon), T Tierney (Garryowen); P Clohessy (Young Munster), K Wood (Harlequins), P Wallace (Saracens), P Johns (Dungannon), M O'Kelly, T Brennan (both St Mary's College), A Ward (Ballynahinch), D O'Cuinneagain (Sale, capt).

AUSTRALIA: C Latham (Queensland); J Little (NSW), D Herbert, T Horan (both Queensland), J Roff (ACT); N Spooner (Queensland), G Gregan (ACT); D Crowley (Queensland), J Paul, P Noriega (both ACT), T Bowman (NSW), D Giffin (ACT), M Cockbain, D Wilson (capt), T Kefu (all Queensland).

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