Five players who could be left out of Argentina tour
Johnny Sexton: It is quite preposterous that Ireland could even contemplate bringing the out-half – ironically, one who has regularly sustained injury on Ireland duty, despite the thinly-veiled disgust in some quarters of the IRFU that he chose to earn his hard-earned wages in France. Anyway, Schmidt needs to strengthen his out-half reserve options.
Mike Ross: In some cases, age profile and depth options form valid arguments for exclusion. Ross, beneath whom are a burgeoning list of challengers, presents a perfect example.
Gordon D'Arcy: There is an argument that the alternative to Brian O'Driscoll needs to play alongside D'Arcy. However, there is a greater argument which suggests that Schmidt needs to secure knowledge on his preferred alternative to D'Arcy.
Conor Murray: It seems as if Murray has been on a treadmill since breaking through to the 2011 World Cup squad. He has responded to every challenge, culminating in a Lions tour and a starring role in a Six Nations title-winning team. He does not need 'prospered in Argentina' on his CV – he needs a rest.
Rob Kearney: The logic here is that the returning three-quarters – Keith Earls, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo and Luke Fitzgerald – need to experience international rugby under Schmidt. Kearney doesn't.