Ireland swap seven for second Test
June 13, 2014
Rob Kearney will start for Ireland on Saturday © Getty Images
Joe Schmidt has made seven changes to the Ireland team ahead of the second Test against Argentina in Tucuman on Saturday.
The Ireland boss is trying to give as many of his 29-man squad a chance to start a Test and three of the changes are 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 has identified the game as an opportunity for players to impress with Rob Herring, James Cronin and Noel Reid poised to make their senior international debuts off the bench.
He said: "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."
Regarding those set to make their Ireland debuts, Schmidt added: "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."
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