RugbyU: Best brings up century against Aussies

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Dublin—Ireland captain Rory Best will win his 100th cap when he leads the team out on Saturday to play Australia in their rugby union Test match at Lansdowne Road.
The 34-year-old hooker—who took over the captaincy permanently after iconic lock Paul O’Connell retired after the 2015 World Cup—will skipper a side showing four changes from the starting XV for last Saturday’s bruising 21-9 defeat by world champions New Zealand.
Centre Robbie Henshaw has concussion—after being clattered early in the first-half by Sam Cane—and fly-half Jonathan Sexton has not recovered from a hamstring problem that also saw him depart the game inside the first 30 minutes. The Leinster duo, both pivotal players in the historic 40-29 victory over the All Blacks in Chicago three weeks ago, have been replaced by another young centre Garry Ringrose and the more experienced Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson.
Whilst Ireland coach Joe Schmidt had remarked that Ireland lost a bt of their shape and cohesion with the loss of Sexton and Henshaw in the All Blacks game he believes the extra week together will not see the same problem repeat itself on Saturday.—AFP