Ireland v Argentina: It’s our biggest game in autumn series, says Foley
Ireland v Argentina: Defence coach Anthony Foley admits a lot is riding on their autumn international against Argentina
Ireland are facing their biggest game in recent autumn series against Argentina on Saturday, according to defence coach Anthony Foley.
Declan Kidney’s men face the Pumas at the Aviva Stadium with a second-seed ranking for December’s 2015 World Cup pool draw at stake.
Should the hosts lose to Argentina, the 2009 Six Nations champions would be relegated to the third-tier of seeds, which raises the possibility of Ireland being drawn alongside two major rivals in their World Cup pool.
However, Foley is confident Kidney’s side can get a result against the South Americans.
“This is probably the biggest game I’ve been involved in during an autumn series,” Foley told RTE.
“It has ramifications across the board for the next three years so it’s very important.
“But it’s still 80 minutes of rugby so we need to get our preparation right, make sure the boys get a good night’s sleep and not worry too much about it.
“If we have a good mentality on the weekend we should be okay. If you start worrying about results you’ll miss what’s in front of you.
“Judging by what we’ve done for the last two weeks, it’s pretty spot-on where we are at the moment.
“Preparation is going well, guys are turning up and willing to put their bodies on the line.
“There isn’t much being held back in training and there isn’t much being held back in preparation.
“We all know what the consequences of the weekend are, but the most important thing is that we make sure we get our processes in place.”