The Ireland team to play Argentina in the final game of the Guinness Series has been named and contains one new cap in winger Craig Gilroy.
Gilroy comes in to win his first full cap on the left wing after impressing in the previous game against Fiji in Thomond Park and will team up in a back three that includes Simon Zebo at full back, winning his third cap and Tommy Bowe on the right wing.
Gordon D’Arcy and Keith Earls will continue their centre partnership while Jonathan Sexton has recovered from the tight groin he suffered in the warm up for the Fiji game and starts at ten. Sexton is just two points off notching up 250 for Ireland.
The forwards selection is the same that lined out for the opening game of the Guinness Series with Richardt Strauss winning his second full cap in the front row.
Among the replacements, Donncha O’Callaghan could make his 90th appearance for his country if he is called into action.
The team will be captained by Jamie Heaslip for the third consecutive game in the Guinness Series.
Ireland: Simon Zebo (Munster), Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Keith Earls (Munster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster)*, Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster). Replacements: Sean Cronin (Leinster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Michael Bent (Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Ronan O’Gara (Munster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster)
As expected the Grand Turnip has went for the minimum of changes swapping out one Ulster player for another with Craig Gilroy getting the nod, over Andrew Trimble, following Gilroy’s spectacular introduction to the International Arena last week.
Aside from the inclusion of the young tyros Gilroy, Zebo and Henderson the rest is depressingly familiar with little cause for optimism for this match or for the immediate future. It there had been a performance from Ireland against a hapless South Africa then you may have forgiven Kidders reticence for change but given that a lacklustre and disjointed Ireland failed to come away with a win against an injury ravaged team playing well within themselves the lack of a shake up is somewhat surprising.