The Irish pack is exactly the same as in this fixture a year ago when the Irish won comfortably against a battle tired Argentine side playing the final game of their long season.

Today’s game is begin viewed by some as little more than a warm up for the “big one” next week, and yet still poses a few challenges.

IrelandPositionArgentina
Cian Healy1Santiago Garcia Botta
Rory Best (Captain)2Agustin Creevy
Tadhg Furlong3Santiago Medrano
Iain Henderson4Matias Alemanno
James Ryan5Tomas Lavanini
Peter O’Mahony6Pablo Matera (Captain)
CJ Stander7Jaview Ortega Desio
Sean O’Brien8Guldo Petti
Kieran Marmion9Tomas Cubelli
Johnny Sexton10Nicolas Sanchez
Bundee Aki11Jeronimo De La Fuente
Robbie HenshawWill Addison12Matias Orlando
Jacob Stockdale13Ramiro Moyano
Keith Earls14Bautista Delguy
Jordan Larmour15Emiliano Boffelli

The younger, less experienced members of the squad are likely to be targeted. Marmion and Larmour are the obvious targets. The latter is coming off a dream game against Italy last week, but it is unlikely he will have quite the same space against much better opposition today.

The pack, which with the exception of Toner, is about the strongest one Schmidt could have chosen, and will be expected to dominate most of the encounters. The line out and scrum may prove to be even enough, but I think Ireland will dominate in the ruck and maul areas.

This will give Marmion a decent chance to impress, linking up with Sexton and an exciting back line.

Garry Ringrose is absent today with a knock, adding to the injury list containing Rob Kearney and Connor Murray. But this gives Robbie Henshaw the opportunity to play at thirteen, where he can do some damage with his old teammate Bundee Aki at inside centre.

Jordan Larmour, the man of the moment, will have a big opportunity to show what he’s got, putting his hand up for selection next week. It’s good to see Keith Earls back and with Jabob Stockdale, this is an exciting backline.

Going forward at least. Jordan has not played with this combination of players and there are going to be defensive lapses until he gets used to them. He is not quite the same dependable player that Rob Kearney when the opposition has the ball.

I’m looking forward to today’s game, and hope we win. Getting a little momentum is all important going into the game against New Zealand in one week’s time. They face England this afternoon, although it is hard to see them being beaten. Perhaps no one will manage it on this tour. Here’s hoping we can surprise them.