Ireland V Argentina Preview

Ireland v Argentina
Credit - Reggie Suplido

Revenge on the cards as Adam Byrne set to make debut

Argentina arrive into Dublin for what will be their last game of the season. The entire squad play ply their trade for Argentinian Super Rugby side the Jaguares (bar sub Sebastian Cancelliere) and it’s been a long hard season for all involved. The Jaguares only slightly improved in their second season of super rugby with the National team failing to win a game in the Rugby Championship.

For the Irish team, there are three changes to the starting team that destroyed South Africa two weeks ago. Leinster flyer Adam Byrne comes in for his debut on the right wing, Chris Farrell gets another run out in the 13 jersey as Robbie Henshaw has a hamstring injury, James Ryan comes into the Second Row to partner Iain Henderson while Devin Toner has to make do with a rare spot on the bench.

This is the first time these two teams have faced each other since Argentina emphatically dumped Ireland out of the 2015 World Cup Quarter Final. All week the media have been bringing that loss up, and the Irish team have been downplaying it, but this is a great test to see just where we are two years on.

Argentina had it easy that day in the Millennium Stadium, running out 43-20 victors. The loss can be directly attributed to the fact that Ireland were missing the spine of the team with Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Johnny Sexton and Jared Payne out injured, and Sean O’Brien suspended. This time around the Irish are the better side and Argentina have yet to win against Ireland on Irish soil. This doesn’t look set to change on Saturday.

One area to watch out for: The two wonderkids facing up against each other on the wing. Argentina’s Left Wing Emiliano Boffelli is a very exciting prospect who has a cannon for a right boot off the kicking tee for any long range penalties, and has been nominated by World Rugby for Breakthrough Player of the year. His battle against Adam Byrne should be a good test for Byrne on his debut and will be fascinating to see who comes out on top in the aerial battle between the two from Murray and Sexton’s kicks.

Predicted score: Ireland 30 Argentina 16

Ireland

15. Rob Kearney

14. Adam Byrne

13. Chris Farrell

12. Bundee Aki

11. Jacob Stockdale

10. Johnny Sexton

9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy

2. Rory Best (captain)

3. Tadhg Furlong

4. James Ryan

5. Iain Henderson

6. Peter O’Mahony

7. Sean O’Brien

8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. James Tracy

17. Dave Kilcoyne

18. John Ryan

19. Devin Toner

20. Rhys Ruddock

21. Luke McGrath

22. Ian Keatley

23. Andrew Conway

Argentina

15. Joaquin Tuculet (Jaguares)

14. Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares)

13. Matias Moroni (Jaguares)

12. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (Jaguares)

11. Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares)

10. Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares)

9. Martin Landajo (Jaguares)

1. Santiago Garcia Botta (Jaguares)

2. Agustin Creevy (Jaguares) (captain)

3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Jaguares)

4. Matias Alemanno (Jaguares)

5. Tomas Lavanini (Jaguares)

6. Pablo Matera (Jaguares)

7. Marcos Kremer (Jaguares)

8. Tomas Lezana (Jaguares)

Replacements:

16. Julian Montoya (Jaguares)

17. Lucas Noguera (Jaguares)

18. Enrique Pieretto (Jaguares)

19. Guido Petti (Jaguares)

20. Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Jaguares)

21. Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares)

22. Jeronimo de la Fuente (Jaguares)

23. Sebastian Cancelliere (Hindu)