Ireland have their Best back
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Ireland team to play Argentina at a sold-out Aviva Stadium on Saturday has been named.
Rory Best returns to lead the team in the first of the year-end Tests.
Best missed out on Ireland’s mid-year tour to Australia through injury and was not part of the squad that travelled to Chicago last week.
He is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.
Iain Henderson and James Ryan start at lock, with Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and Christiaan Stander filling the back row slots.
Kieran Marmion partners Jonathan Sexton at halfback, with Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw at inside and outside centre respectively.
Jordan Larmour is named at fullback for his first start at the Aviva Stadium.
He is joined in the back three by Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls.
The replacements for Saturday are Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery and Andrew Conway.
Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Andrew Conway.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Kick-off: 18:30 (18:30 GMT, 15.30 Argentina Time)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Ludovic Cayre (France)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)