The Irish team of Shane Lowry and Graeme Mc Dowell are 3 off the lead on level par following day one of the World cup event in Melbourne.
Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm lead by one shot on 3 under following an opening day 70.
Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King was beaten in the first round at the UK Championship – after forgetting his cue and then being docked a frame for being late.
He eventually lost 6-2 to Sam Craigie.
Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is safely through after beating Boonyarit Keattikun 6-nil.
Two more former winners – John Higgins and Shaun Murphy – also won their opening matches.
World number one Mark Selby gets his campaign underway later.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will name his side to face Australia today.
It remains uncertain if Rob Kearney and CJ Stander will be available after they picked up injuries against New Zealand.