Murphy, who had an excellent game for Leinster against the Wallabies in Dublin the Saturday before last, is the only newcomer to international rugby in an Ireland side captained by Philip Danaher.
Phil Lawlor, whose only cap came against Argentina in 1990, is recalled at No 8, Brian Robinson switching to the blindside. Richard Wallace moves from right to left wing to accommodate Simon Geoghegan in his normal position.
IRELAND (v Australia, Lansdowne Road, 31 October): J Staples (London Irish); S Geoghegan (London Irish), P Danaher (Garryowen, capt), V Cunningham (St Mary's College), R Wallace (Garryowen); P Russell (Instonians), F Aherne (Lansdowne); N Popplewell (Greystones), J Murphy (Greystones), P McCarthy (Cork Constitution), M Galwey (Shannon), P Johns (Dungannon), B Robinson (London Irish), P Lawlor (Bective Rangers), G Hamilton (Ballymena). Replacements: R Saunders (London Irish), A N Other, C Wilkinson (Malone), K Wood (Garryowen), G Halpin (London Irish), K Leahy (Wanderers).Reuse content