Autumn Internationals Preview: Ireland v Argentina

Date: Sunday, November 28
Kick-off: 2.30pm
Venue: Lansdowne Road

The delayed announcement of the Irish team was made today in Dublin.

Sunday will see the return of Leicester captain Geordan Murphy at fullback to replace the injured Rob Kearney. Other notable changes are Sean Cronin replacing the injured Rory Best, scrum-half Peter Stringer in for Eoin Reddan and finally Tony Buckley replacing Tom Court at tighthead prop.

There’s no change at centre for Ireland, whilst on the wing Andrew Trimble returns to the starting XV replacing Luke Fitzgerald who picked up a knee injury against New Zealand.

The half-back pairing of Stringer and Sexton is something that a lot of commentators have been calling for, and it’s a good indication that Ireland will try to play a fast dynamic game.

Disappointment so it seems for Leinster’s Mike Ross and Sean O’Brien. Ross didn’t get selected at all throughout the Autumn series despite Ireland struggling in the scrum. Sean O’Brien got a start against Samoa but failed to impress enough to deserve a spot on the bench for either the All-Black or Argentina games.

Argentinian captain, Felipe Contepomi returns to Dublin to face some of his ex-Leinster team mates, although one of the key battles on Sunday will be in the front row. Argentina bring the vastly experienced trio of Roncero, Ledesma and Scelzo to face-off against the relatively young front row of Healy, Cronin and Buckley.

Ireland will be looking to get the ball out of the back of the scrum as fast as possible and into the hands of their backs. The weather set to be crisp and dry, so this should suit their game-plan.

Prediction: Ireland by 12

Ireland Team and Replacements:
15. Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
14. Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
12. Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11. Andrew Trimble(Ballymena/Ulster)
10. Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
9. Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2. Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
3. Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)
4. Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5. Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)
6. Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7. David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:
16. Damien Varley(Munster)
17. Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18. Devin Toner(Lansdowne/Leinster)
19. Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20. Eoin Reddan(Lansdowne/Leinster)
21. Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22. Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)

Argentina Team and Replacements:
15. Martin Rodriguez (Stade Francais)
14. Horacio Agulla (Leicester Tigers)
13. Gonzalo Tiesi (Stade Francis)
12. Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz Olympique)
11. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Leicester Tigers)
10. Felipe Contepomi (Toulon) (capt)
9. Nicolas Vergallo (Toulouse)
1. Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Francais)
2. Mario Ledesma (Clermont Auvergne)
3. Martin Scelzo (Clermont Auvergne)
4. Mariano Galarza (Leinster)
5. Patricio Albacete (Toulouse)
6. Genaro Fessia (Cordoba Athletic)
7. Julio Farias Cabello (Tucuman)
8. Juan Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon)

Replacements:
16. Agustin Creevy (Clermont Auvergne)
17. Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers)
18. Juan Figallo (Montpellier)
19. Santiago Guzman (Tucuman)
20. Alvaro Galindo (Racing Metro 92)
21. Alfredo Lalanne (London Irish)
22. Lucas Borges (Albi)

By Conor Buckley

7 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals Preview: Ireland v Argentina

  1. God, I hope your final score prediction is right that would be excellent.
    I think it could be alot closer as Argentina will be tough up front and drag us into that.
    if we can seperate quickly and get the ball moving we will have a chance at the will. if we get stuck in a toe to toe scrap it will be alot closer. I think it will be the later to be honest.
    Delighted to see Sexton Stringer combo finally, that will help move the ball the the focus will still be a real examination of the forwards.
    remember you prediction for SA! i hope you are closer this time.
    I wonder what Mike Ross will have to do to enter the frame for spring now, still he must know he is not too far away from breaking into the top group.

    Good Luck Ireland, give us another match to smile about!

  2. A much better looking Irish team IMO, though I’d personally start Leamy and have Wallace on the bench as he hasn’t looked quite the player he once was

  3. @Brian – yes I remember my prediction for the SA game, how could I forget! Hopefully Sexton & Stringer will produce a much faster backs game then we’ve seen so far… finger crossed!

    @Tommy – agreed on Leamy, Wallace has not been 100% fit in any of the games this Autumn,

  4. Is Tomas O’leary still injured, or is he out of favour?

    Although I feel this is a better team, I personally feel Irelands biggest weakness at the mo is their front 5 (especially 2nd row), and I expect Argentina to dominate is this part of the game. Close to call, but I reckon Ireland by 8 – if they can secure good, quick ball

  5. Well the good news on Tomas is that he is starting for Munster tonight v Dragons, and the even better news for Ireland and Munster is that Paul O’Connell is playing for Young Munster tonight in a local derby against Shannon… fingers crossed they both come through ok!

  6. Personally don’t see the return of POC as such a great thing for Ireland. Yes he’s a very good player and leader, but I think Ireland need to be looking to the future and blooding the next generation – lets face it, the likes of POC can’t have many more years left in them (if any)

  7. I beg to differ, This quote from the Sunday Times last weekend, Victor Matfield sums Paul up well:

    “Last years game against Ireland in Croke Park was the first time in my life I was dominated by an opponent running his teams line out. I kept changing things, he kept one step ahead of me. It was the worst I have felt after a game with the Springboks”

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