Ireland coach Mark Aston has told his men to try and make a statement in their final World Cup group game against Australia in Thomond Park this evening (8pm).

After heavy defeats to Fiji and England, the Wolfhounds will be heading out of the competition unless they can pull off a shock to rival the greatest in the game's history.

Playing in the backyard of Munster - the two-time Heineken Cup winners who are tantamount to a religion in the region - Aston's men will hope to impress their sport on to devotees of the 15-a-side code.

"Dream the dream and live it," Aston said of his outlook.

"For the last three weeks we've been dreaming it and now it's time to live it. It isn't all over, people are saying we're going home on Sunday but we've still got a chance and while there's a chance you have to grasp it and I have told the boys that.

"They've been good this week because they've been down. They're buzzing, hyper and ready to play and it's a good time to put a statement out about Irish rugby league."