STAT ATTACK

  • Ireland have won 11 of their 17 games against Argentina, however three of those six defeats did come in Rugby World Cup matches.
  • This will be the ninth match between Ireland and Argentina in Ireland, the hosts have won all eight of the previous clashes, although five of those eight victories have been by single figure margins. 
  • Ireland are on a nine game winning run at home, they’ve never won 10 in a row on their own patch, it’s the fourth time they’ve strung together a run this long.  
  • Since Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final win over Ireland in Cardiff in 2015 the Pumas have lost eight of their nine games in Europe, a 31-15 win over Italy last year the exception in this run.

DANGER MAN

He's facing a daunting task, coming up against a back row of Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien and CJ Stander but flanker and new skipper Pablo Matera excelled in their recent Rugby Championship run. 

"Even going back to the World Cup, he nearly single-handedly undid us," Brian O'Driscoll said of the 25-year-old, who has 55 caps. 

TEAM NEWS

Ireland have made 12 changes to the side that beat Italy 54-7 last weekend.

Jordan Larmour, Bundee Aki and Jacob Stockdale keep their spots. 

The big news is the return of Sean O'Brien after missing a year of international action. There is no place for Tadhg Beirne, who scored two tries in Chicago, in the squad. 

New Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma, who took the job in August, has made five changes to his side.

The Pumas line out for the first time since concluding their Rugby Championship campaign with a 34-45 home defeat to Australia last month.

Bautista Delguy comes in on the right wing for Matias Moroni while Tomas Cubelli starts at scrum-half in place of Gonzalo Bertanou.

In the pack, Guido Petti moves to No 7 from lock with Matias Alemanno in at 4 and Marcos Kremer dropping out of the squad.

Veteran hooker Agustin Creevy is the only member of the front row to retain his place, alongside Santiago Garcia Botta and Santiago Medrano, but he has been succeeded as captain by 25-year-old flanker Pablo Matera.

Follow Ireland v Argentina via our liveblog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player or listen to live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm). 

 

 

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