Ireland coach Joe Schmidt believes the next two matches against the Pumas and New Zealand will see how far along the preparations are for the Rugby World Cup next year.
Schmidt knows the next few days could be defining for Ireland and first up is Argentina at the Aviva stadium.
“Yes, where we are right now, it will tell us a lot and I think regardless of what happens in the next 10 days, everything is a benchmark,” Schmidt said.
“In particular, this is our first southern hemisphere game of this series and you saw in Australia, the way that southern hemisphere rugby is played is worth a fair bit of freedom.
“The Argentines would probably be a little bit more combative at the ruck than some of the other teams.
“So we’re going to have to really be on our mettle otherwise guys like Agustin Creevy and Pablo Matera will get on that ball very quickly.”
Ireland have struggled at time in the Rugby World Cup, suffering three defeats to the Pumas, but were comfortable winners when the sides met in last last year’s autumn series.
“The players are incredibly excited about what’s coming up,” Schmidt said.
“They’re nervous about Argentina and how good they are. So there’s a bit of anxiety floating around which is not necessarily the worst thing.”
Where to watch Ireland vs Argentina?
The game is live on RTE.
RTE Two will broadcast from 5.30pm on Saturday evening and Kick off is at 6.30pm.
Channel 4 are also showing the game in the UK, with coverage starting at 6pm.
Source : EXPRESS