Rory Best urges Joe Schmidt to stay on as Ireland coach

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

Joe Schmidt this afternoon named his Ireland team for this weekend's Test with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, recalling a number of his first-choice stars, as expected.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has delivered silverware aplenty but his biggest legacy has been to successfully change the face of Irish rugby, captain Rory Best said on Friday.

Schmidt coached Ledesma and Clermont between 2007 and 2010, and admitted the wily front-rower was already guiding his peers by that point.

Iain Henderson and James Ryan start in the second row. There was no suggestion the Leinster flanker was injured, so it seems Dan Leavy - although late into camp this week - has been offered an opportunity by Schmidt after his powerful performances during the Six Nations.

Rob Kearney, who has a shoulder injury, and Garry Ringrose, who had a hip problem, are rested but available for next weekend's clash against world champions New Zealand.

"There's a couple of positions where we've got good depth and we're not particularly comfortable week to week making decisions because we know there's some really good players who are going to be disappointed".

"I think we are very good, we had a very good championship".

"But we know that drives that group forward, and that's exactly what we want from them".

Sean O'Brien is back. With the Argentinian team now out, expect that the Irish team will be announced in the coming minutes.

"He was already coaching, he was already contributing [at Clermont]", he added.

"If their back three get the ball the more likely they (the Argentinians) are going to break teams open, because they're tackle breakers, they're line breakers and they link up in behind the line really effectively once they break the line", said Schmidt.

"He was a smart player who is a good manager of people". Seán O'Brien returns to the Ireland shirt for the first time since they last faced Argentina at the end of last year's November window.

"So he's already done an incredible job in broadening his own experiences".

"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".

"At worldwide level he was involved with the Wallabies, he's been involved with the Jaguares, with a pretty decent upsurge in their performances".

"With the national team he has already compiled some good success and certainly he has the confidence of the players".

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