Geordan Murphy in for Dempsey against Argentina

Coach Eddie O’Sullivan has selected Geordan Murphy for his first Cup start against Argentina in the Parc des Princes on Sunday 30 with a 1600 BST KO. Injured full-back Girvan Dempsey is replaced by Murphy and Denis Hickie for Andrew Trimble on the left wing. The pack remains unchanged but Jerry Flannery is a doubt with a shoulder problem, this could bring Rory Best back in as long as his thumb is ok.

Ireland need to score four or more tries against Argentina and defeat them by more than seven points to go through to the quarter-final stage. Argentina have not had their line crossed during the present campaign and officially have the tightest defence in the tournament.

Ireland Team V Argentina

Backs: Murphy, Horgan, O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Hickie, O’Gara, Reddan.
Forwards: Horan, A N Other, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Easterby, D. Wallace, Leamy.

Replacements: A N Other, S Best, O’Kelly, N Best, Boss, P Wallace, A Trimble.