Ireland head coach Andy Farrell announces a surprisingly similar team to the ones which unravelled Japan and the All Blacks so far the series.
Farrell has revealed his team to face Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in what will be Ireland’s final fixture of the 2021 Autumn Nations Series.
The team bares a striking resemblance to the ones which dismantled both Japan and the All Blacks over the past two weeks, with squad members such as Simon Zebo, Jordan Larmour and James Hume remaining unselected in the series.
Ireland face a tough task against Argentina and the team selected appears to reflect the threat the Argentines will pose this Sunday.
The forwards pack remains unchanged from the one selected to face the All Blacks, this time with second-row James Ryan acting as Captain.
However there is some variation among the backline, injuries to Johnny Sexton and Jameson Gibson-Park allow Munster pairing of Joey Carbery and Conor Murray to make up the half-backs.
Robbie Henshaw returns to the centre having recovered from a foot injury he suffered while serving on Warren Gatland’s Lions squad over the summer. He rejoins his Leinster teammate Garry Ringrose who is named at second centre.
The back-three sees Leinster’s James Lowe and Hugo Keenan returned their 11 and 15 jerseys respectively, while Andrew Conway is swapped out for Ulster flyer Robert Baloucoune who is named on the right wing.
Leinster’s Dan Sheehan is set to earn his second Irish cap off the bench, he’s joined by Leinster teammate Cian Healy and Ulster’s Tom O’Toole as replacement front rows.
Also among the replacements is a clan of Munster players, namely Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony, Craig Casey and Keith Earls. Leinster’s Harry Byrne is also set to earn his second cap from the bench.
Take a look at the full team below:
15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 15 caps
14. Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) 1 cap
13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 35 caps
12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 52 caps
11. James Lowe (Leinster) 8 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 26 caps
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 91 caps
1. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 39 caps
2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 15 caps
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 51 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 65 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 39 caps CAPTAIN
6. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 11 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 34 caps
8. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 22 caps
16. Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 1 cap
17. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 111 caps
18. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 1 cap
19. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 24 caps
20. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 78 caps
21. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 3 caps
22. Harry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) 1 cap
23. Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 95 caps