Tuesday 20 August 2019

Schmidt goes back to 'Bok' conquerors - Here is the expected Ireland team to face Argentina

Rob Kearney competes for the dropping ball with South Africa’s Jesse Kriel. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Rob Kearney competes for the dropping ball with South Africa’s Jesse Kriel. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: PA
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

After rotating his squad for the narrow win over Fiji, Joe Schmidt is set to go back to his big guns for Saturday's final November international against Argentina.

The Ireland coach is expected to revert to the starting XV that beat South Africa in comprehensive fashion in the opening Aviva Stadium clash as he looks to sign off on the international window on a high.

Rob Kearney's return sees Andrew Conway revert to the wing after playing at full-back last week with Jacob Stockdale returning on the left.

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki line up in midfield, with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray reunited at half-back.

Cian Healy and Rory Best will be joined by Tadhg Furlong in what now looks like Schmidt's first-choice front-row, with Henderson and Toner reunited in the second-row and Peter O'Mahony, Seán O'Brien and CJ Stander picked in the back-row.

Possible Ireland team to face Argentina:

R Kearney; A Conway, R Henshaw, B Aki, J Stockdale;

J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong;

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