Ireland touch down in Brisbane

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Ireland's June Series is officially underway, with the Grand Slam champions arriving in Australia on Saturday.

The Irish touched down in Brisbane Airport a week out from the first Test, with the side headed to the Gold Coast for the early part of the week.

Ireland centre Garry Ringrose is among a host of players who have never been to Australia before this tour, and said he was excited for the much-hyped series.

"It's my first time being here," he said.

"It's a couple of the boys' first time being here, so I was pretty excited to see Brisbane here and then obviously Melbourne and Sydney. Looking forward to it."

Centre Garry Ringrose is in Australia for the first time. Photo: Getty Images"(We're) used to watching the early morning fixtures back home when the Super Rugby comps and to actually come otu here in Australia and play at some of the grounds and play against some of the players, it's always pretty cool."

This is the first three-Test series between the Wallabies and Ireland, and the first Irish visit to Australia since 2010.

The tourists haven't won in Australia since 1979, but they have won three of the past five encounters between the two nations.

Most of the Wallabies contingent will convene on Sunday, with the Brumbies top liners joining the team late on Sunday night, after an afternoon clash with the Sunwolves.

The Wallabies' June Series against Ireland kicks off on June 9 at Suncorp Stadium at 8pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.