First Debut For Byrne As Schmidt Shakes It Up Again


Joe Schmidt has made three changes to his starting team that beat South Africa ahead of Ireland’s last game of the test series this weekend.

Saturday will see Ireland take on Argentina in the Aviva Stadium, which will be the first meet between the sides since the World Cup qualifier in 2015 where the Puma’s took the spoils.

Schmidt will be without the services of Joey Carbery (fractured wrist) and Robbie Henshaw (hamstring strain), however he has called on the services of 23-year-old Adam Byrne and 21-year-old James Ryan.

Andrew Conway and Devin Toner also make way, however they are named on the bench for Saturday’s encounter.

Leinster’s Byrne will make his debut on the right wing, while Chris Farrell retains his starting place following his first cap in last week’s battle with Fiji.

Although Ryan has four international caps to his name, it’ll be a first start for the Leinster man who will be regarded as Ireland’s youngest starting lock of the professional era.

Joe Schmidt spoke of the changes and the upcoming battle against the South American side: “There’s always been new blood coming in, […], we left some of the elder statesmen out to allow us get used to the younger boys, so we can cast our net reasonably wide.”

“If we look two years backwards, we’re not looking forward. There’s a real danger in looking too far back. There’s not many of that team involved, maybe half a dozen.”

“It’s just another game we have to try and get as much out of as possible.”

The game will kick off at 5.30pm, Saturday, November 25th in the Aviva Stadium.

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