RTÉ Rugby analyst Donal Lenihan does not foresee the New Zealand test distracting Ireland in Saturday’s match with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.

Much of the build-up has been about the clash with the All-Blacks next week where once again the Irish will try to secure a first win on home soil against the world champions.

Lenihan does not picture that mindset creeping into the dressing-room on Saturday evening.  

He told RTÉ Radio 1: "That might be the attitude outside the camp but within the team, Joe Schmidt has had the vast majority of this side together in Carton House for the past two weeks, preparing for this Argentina game.

"Obviously New Zealand is next week, given they are ranked first and we're ranked second in the world, that is where all the focus has been. I thought Joe Schmidt made it very clear that a lot of places are on the line for the game next weekend.

"A lot of players need to stand up given some of the performances of the younger group in the game in Chicago last week and given the strength in depth in the squad, anybody who doesn't perform could well find himself out of the matchday squad next week.

"I have no doubt from within the management and playing group, their sole focus is on Argentina."

Sean O’Brien has been selected to start for the first time since the last game with Argentina as part of an experienced back row with Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander with the Carlow man.

The former Ireland manager believes it’s important for every player to make an impression, regardless of what they have done before, given the strength on the bench.

"It's incredible. You look at the back row that is out tomorrow. They all were on the Lions tour in 2017 in New Zealand, all really frontline players. O'Brien has been out for a year for Ireland.

"Other players like Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan have had their opportunity and stood up. They have shown a capacity to play at this level.

"You need that strength in depth if you want to compete at the business end of the World Cup. It's only 12 games to the World Cup after tomorrow so as a consequence of that every single player wants to grasp the opportunity when given to them."

Argentina have shown their potential with two significant wins in the Rugby Championship, but consistency has been a major issue.

Lenihan still thinks it will be a solid challenge for Ireland.  

"They have had a torrid time really since beating us in the World Cup in 2015. They have only won eight of the 36 tests that they have played in that period. There is a lot of change going on in Argentine rugby at the moment.

"I think more of a concern for Joe Schmidt is two of those wins were recently in the Rugby Championship against South Africa and Australia.

"That was an away win to Australia for the first time in 35 years. Overall it's a very strong Argentine squad, albeit there is serious question mark over their set piece and scrum in particular which is a bit strange when you talk about an Argentine side."

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