Ireland aim to make it two wins on the bounce to win the series against Argentina
Last Updated: 14/06/14 6:24pm
Ireland are targeting a series win when they line-up for Saturday's second Test against Argentina in Tucuman.
Joe Schmidt’s side made history last Saturday - winning an official Test in Argentina for the first time - with a 29-17 victory over the Pumas at Estadio Centenario in Resistencia.
Schmidt has made seven changes to his starting XV for this clash, with three of the switches at the back, where Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden and Eoin Reddan replace Felix Jones, Luke Marshall and Conor Murray.
Up front there are four changes, with Dave Kilcoyne, Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock and Jamie Heaslip coming in for Jack McGrath, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack and Jordi Murphy.
Schmidt sees the game as an opportunity for players to impress, saying: "We brought 29 players away on tour and we wanted to make sure we recognised the amount of effort that they made on the training pitch and to be well prepared to train well and they all have.
"So we wanted to give them an opportunity to demonstrate that in a Test match arena.”
Three players - Rob Herring, James Cronin and Noel Reid - are poised to make their international bows off the bench.
"I think it is a massive day for them," Schmidt added. "They have all acquitted themselves really well.
"We have been massively impressed with how they have acquitted themselves in the training environment, in the way they have prepared themselves and made sure that the training changes are reasonably seamless.
"I don't think any of those three guys are the finished product but it will be another step toward giving them the confidence to continue to grow and hopefully add further value to us."
Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade has made two changes to hist starting side, with Lucas González Amorosino replacing Santiago Cordero on the right wing while Antonio Ahualli de Chazal comes in at eight for the injured Benjamin Macome.
Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Matías Díaz and Matías Orlando have been named on the bench.
Argentina: 15 Tuculet, 14 Amorosino, 13 De la Fuente, 12 Ascárate, 11 Montero, 10 Sánchez, 9 Landajo (capt), 1 Noguera Paz, 2 Cortese, 3 Herrera, 4 Carizza, 5 Lavanini, 6 Báez, 7 De la Vega, 8 de Chazal.
Replacements: 16 Iglesias Valdez, 17 Postiglioni, 18 Díaz, 19 Alemanno, 20 Ortega Desio, 21 Cubelli, 22 González Iglesias, 23 Orlando.
Ireland: 15 R Kearney, 14 Trimble, 13 McFadden, 12 Cave, 11 Zebo, 10 Sexton, 9 Reddan, 1 Kilcoyne, 2 Best, 3 Ross, 4 Toner, 5 O'Connell (capt), 6 Ruddock, 7 Henry, 8 Heaslip.
Replacements: 16 Herring, 17 Cronin, 18 McGrath, 19 Henderson, 20 Murphy, 21 Murray, 22 Madigan, 23 Reid.
Watch Argentina v Ireland live on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday from 7.30pm