Picking An Ireland Team For Their Series Opener Against South Africa

Not long to go now.

International rugby returns to our screens and stadiums with a bang next weekend, as the November internationals begin with a number of mouth-watering fixtures.

For Joe Schmidt and Ireland they face their sternest Test of the series first as the Springboks descend up Dublin on November 11. That game is followed by ties with both Fiji and old rivals Argentina.

Looking at those three games, you’d imagine Schmidt will likely go with what he thinks is his best team against the Boks, experiment against Fiji, before naming a mixture of the previous two for the Pumas game.

Here’s the side we reckon he might and should go with for the Springboks game.

Ireland Vs South Africa

15. Joey Carbery
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. Devin Toner
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Sean O’Brien
8. CJ Stander

What do you think? Would you make any changes?

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