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Rugby Union

Pumas selection leads to Schmidt doubts

8th November 2018, 18:22 by Jack Ogalbe

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits his side will need to adapt to Argentina's "cunning" selection ahead of Saturday's Test.

The pair meet in Dublin and while Schmidt has recalled a number of his big names after resting them for the 54-7 win over Italy, opposition number Mario Ledesma's picks have caused a number of surprises.

Of all those, his decision to field lock Guido Petti in the back row caught the Ireland camp out and will only further boost an already physical Pumas pack.

The Ireland coach says his team will need to be wary of the presence of Petti, Matias Alemanno and Tomas Lavanini, admitting they will only know what they are up against when the match kicks off.

"There's got to be a degree of consideration for getting the best players on the pitch, and maybe that's what Mario's looking for, with Guido Petti in the back row, with [Matias] Alemanno and [Tomas] Lavanini at lock this weekend," said Schmidt.

"It's probably not a change-up that we foresaw but at the same time I'm sure there will be some sense to it.

"Knowing Mario there will be some cunning plan to it, and we'll have to probably decipher it on the run, once we've kicked off on Saturday."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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