Argentina v Ireland: Joe Schmidt recalls Leinster stars
Argentina v Ireland: Joe Schmidt recalls Leinster stars as he makes eight changes for second Test
Joe Schmidt has recalled his Leinster stars as he makes eight changes for Ireland’s second Test against Argentina in Tucumán.
The Ireland head coach has rotated his squad from the one that defeated the Pumas 29-17 to record their first win in Argentina.
Rob Kearney replaces Felix Jones at full-back with as Ulster’s Andrew Trimble and Munster’s Simon Zebo continue on the wings.
Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is promoted from the bench to take on the 13 jersey for the first time since 2012 as Ulster’s Darren Cave switches to inside centre.
Despite an injury scare from the first Test, Racing Metro’s Johnny Sexton retains his place at outside-half with Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan his half-back partner as Conor Murray drops to the bench.
In the front row, Munster loosehead Dave Kilcoyne comes in for his first start in 10 appearances to join Leinster tighthead Mike Ross and Ulster hooker Rory Best.
Captain Paul O’Connell continues in the second row with Devin Toner returning in place of Iain Henderson, who drops to the bench.
Leinster versatile back-rower Rhys Ruddock makes his first start for Ireland after two appearances off the bench as he comes in for Ulster’s Robbie Diack, who made his debut in Resistencia. Ulster flanker Chris Henry continues at openside with Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip promoted from the bench to start at number 8 in place of club team-mate Jordi Murphy, who drops to the bench.
Schmidt could hand out more debuts with Ulster hooker Rob Herring, Munster prop James Cronin and Leinster centre Noel Reid all uncapped options from the bench.
Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade makes two changes to his team which caused Ireland problems in the first Test.
Antonio Ahualli de Chazal comes in at number 8 in place of the injured Benjamin Macome with talented winger Lucas González Amorosino in for Santiago Cordero on the right flank.
Argentina: Joaquín Tuculet; Lucas González Amorosino, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Gabriel Ascárate, Manuel Montero; Nicolás Sánchez, Martín Landajo (captain); Lucas Noguera Paz, Matías Cortese, Ramiro Herrera, Manuel Carizza, Tomas Lavanini, Rodrigo Báez, Tomás de la Vega, Antonio Ahualli de Chazal.
Replacements: Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Bruno Postiglioni, Matías Díaz, Matías Alemanno, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomás Cubelli, Santiago González Iglesias, Matías Orlando.
Ireland: Rob Kearney (Leinster); Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster); Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro), Eoin Reddan (Leinster); Dave Kilcoyne (Munster), Rory Best (Ulster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Paul O’Connell (Munster, captain), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
Replacements: Rob Herring (Ulster), James Cronin (Munster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster); Conor Murray (Munster), Ian Madigan (Leinster), Noel Reid (Leinster).
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)