Ireland’s Declan Kidney: Argentina match like a World Cup qualifier

Declan Kidney believes Ireland's match against Argentina on 24 November will be their biggest since the World Cup

Declan Kidney believes Ireland’s autumn international against Argentina is a virtual World Cup qualifier as they look to protect their second-seed ranking.

Ireland let a 12-3 half-time lead slip against South Africa at Aviva Stadium on Saturday as the Springboks ran out 16-12 winners

Kidney’s men are now ranked eighth in the world, one place ahead of Andy Robinson’s Scotland, and face the danger of becoming third seeds for the 2015 World Cup.

Ireland are without a victory in five Tests – their worst run in 14 years – and Kidney admitted his side, who face Fiji next weekend, need to beat the Pumas on 24 November in Dublin.

“We are there again, aren’t we? It will be a World Cup qualifier in lots of ways,” said Kidney.

He added: “We must get the right balance between testing combinations, giving guys a run and freshening things up.

“The players definitely haven’t forgotten how to win, they are still confident in what they are trying to do. I know they are going to click.

“We have had ourselves in some situations like this in the past and but we just have to stick with it because we know it will turn.

“This is a good group of players to work with, they are totally different to the one from 2008.”

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