Ireland see off Argentina in rugby Test

Jonathan Sexton during Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth

Jonathan Sexton during Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth

"We had to dig really deep", man-of-the-match James Ryan afterwards.

Argentina should provide a testing examination provided they are not too exhausted having come out of the Rugby Championship with two victories under new head coach Mario Ledesma, including their first in Australia since 1983.

"His fitness should be back, he has got a couple of games under his belt and yeah I am hoping he is a vital player again for Ireland", he said. "Anyone runs a little bit harder when they hear the breathing of someone behind them".

"We want to go out and win and keep this home record we have".

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.

The team were just off the back of a Six Nations Championship win after a dramatic final day.

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"But that's a good way for us to try to cope and test ourselves against a really good side, which we know Argentina are".

"In particular, this is our first southern hemisphere game of this series and you saw in Australia, the way that southern hemisphere rugby is played on the back of Super Rugby is worth a fair bit of freedom", said the 53-year-old New Zealander.

Captain Rory Best and Johnny Sexton are among 12 changes to the Ireland team to face Argentina as Joe Schmidt reverts to a more familiar line-up.

Argentina XV to play Ireland: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevy, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Guido Petti, Javier Ortega Desio.

Schmidt is especially wary of the Pumas' vibrant, attack-minded backs.

"This game is very much a step up for him but he has given us confidence of pretty big test matches where he has come into the game late", Ireland coach Joe Schmidt told a news conference. "It's great because our one Achilles heel is that we go narrow and they will exploit that if we go narrow". Don't get me wrong they've talked about the All Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the United States of America 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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