Joe Schmidt Names Irish Team To Face Argentina

Former Argentina hooker and current Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma battles Ireland in a maul during the 2007 World Cup game

Sean O'Brien returned to the Ireland team for the first time since last November as coach Joe Schmidt on Thursday retained only two players from the side who beat Italy for Saturday's test against Argentina in Dublin.

"They will respect Argentina and will obviously respect New Zealand".

"I hope everyone is looking over their shoulder", said Schmidt referring to the players in the starting XV. If Vern (Cotter) wasn't there I would always defer to Mario to drive the pack, mainly because I couldn't speak to them because of my hackneyed French phrases, and I had a limitation that was mostly backs-related. "Anyone runs a little bit harder when they hear the breathing of someone behind them. It's great because our one Achilles heel is that we go narrow and they will exploit that if we go narrow", O'Driscoll explains.

Schmidt, who is seen by some as a future coach of the All Blacks after his success with Ireland, made it clear that anyone who doesn't meet his high standards on Saturday will have the next weekend off.

"I think next week is a massive game in terms of a barometer of where they are going into next year but it's be all and end all".

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Five more points from Sexton closed out a victory that was far from guaranteed. "They want to have their boots and they want to be right in amongst it".

"We were probably a wee bit slow out of the blocks but look Argentina are a quality side and it is another win for us with some good stuff and some things we will need to get better for next week", he told RTE Sport's Clare McNamara.

The threat offered by the back three of Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy and Ramiro Moyano has brought a new dimension.

"The players are incredibly excited about what's coming up", Schmidt said. "Nicolas Sanchez (the fly-half) is a weapon there as well".

O'Brien went off in the 37th minute of the game with his arm being supperted in his jersey like a sling and the "tullow tank" knew as he was walking off the pitch the extent of his latest injury set back. Don't get me wrong they've talked about the All Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the US week and they went away and those 10 players stayed around that are going to be largely involved in that All Blacks game.

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