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Phipps won’t overplay against the Irish

By AAP Newswire

There's only one Will Genia and Nick Phipps has no plans trying to mimic the Wallabies' master No.9 when he fills in at halfback in Saturday night's series-deciding Test against Ireland.

A vastly different package to the injured Genia, Phipps will rely on his supreme fitness and slick scrum-base service when he steps up for his first Test start since bagging a try in Australia's 63-30 win over Japan last November in Yokohama.

"It's going to be an unreal experience. When you get your opportunities, you look forward to having a go," Phipps told AAP.

"I've really enjoyed the role I've had the last few years, last few Tests, to bring that energy off the bench and now I get a chance to play some good footy starting off and setting a platform for the rest of the squad to come through."

The 29-year-old won't be over-playing his hand in what will be just his 29th start in 64 Tests since debuting at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

"I guess on the weekend I can just slot into my role," Phipps said.

"I don't really have to do too much. I just want to make sure that I'm getting in there, giving good service, having great communication with the 'piggies' (forwards) and being able to drive the squad on.

"It's not about having to go in there and do too much. The talent that's around the team, they'll be able to make something happen."

In what could prove decisive for the Wallabies, Phipps will reunite with a swag of NSW Waratahs teammates on their Super Rugby home ground at Allianz Stadium.

He's looking forward to the familiar surroundings and, in particular, combining with backline aces Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau, not to mention Waratahs and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.

"It is good to be back home at Allianz. We know the Sydney crowd's going to be awesome. It was sold out months ago," said Phipps.

"I'm sure the Irish will just roll down the hill from Coogee and it's also good to have a great bunch of blokes directly around you that you play a lot of footy with."