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Preview | Tour – Argentina vs Ireland – 2nd Test – 14/06/14

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Argentina vs Ireland

June 14th 2014 Venue: Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán

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.

Last 10 Games played between the Argentina and Ireland
7-Jun-14 Argentina 17 – 29 Ireland
24-Nov-12 Ireland 46 – 24 Argentina
28-Nov-10 Ireland 29 – 09 Argentina
22-Nov-08 Ireland 17 – 03 Argentina
30-Sep-07 Ireland 15 – 30 Argentina
2-Jun-07 Argentina 16 – 00 Ireland
26-May-07 Argentina 22 – 20 Ireland
27-Nov-04 Ireland 21 – 19 Argentina
26-Oct-03 Argentina 15 – 16 Ireland
23-Nov-02 Ireland 16 – 07 Argentina

Overall Stats Argentina

Overall Stats Ireland
Games Played 14 Games Played 14
*Games Won 5 *Games Won 9
*Games Lost 9 *Games Lost 5
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest Winning Streak 3 *Longest Winning Streak 4
*Longest Losing Streak 4 *Longest Losing Streak 3
*Largest Points For 34 *Largest Points For 46
*Largest Points Against 46 *Largest Points Against 34
*Largest Winning Margin 16 *Largest Winning Margin 22
*Largest Losing Margin -22 *Largest Losing Margin -16
*Total Points For 266 *Total Points For 308
*Avg Points For 19 *Avg Points For 22
*Total Points Against 308 *Total Points Against 266
*Avg Points Against 22 *Avg Points Against 19
*Total Points Difference -42 *Total Points Difference 42
*Avg Points Difference -3.00 *Avg Points Difference 3.00
* = By Argentina * = By Ireland

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