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Opinion: Ireland Well-Placed To Secure Three Wins In The November Internationals

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland looks on prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ireland face three difficult challenges this November against South Africa, Argentina and Fiji but, that said, Joe Schmidt’s side will see anything less than three wins as a failure.

The Springboks will provide a physical encounter and they will believe they can beat Ireland in Dublin.

Argentina and Fiji should be no problem for an Irish side that have proved they can mix it with the best in the world after thumping wins over the All Blacks and Australia last year.

Star Men

Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)

Furlong will be a force to be reckoned with this November and, at 24 years old, this prop still has his best years ahead of him. Ireland will hope this man can rocket them to three wins this autumn.

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Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)

He has long been the talisman for Ireland, the mercurial fly-half always seems to be at the centre of all that is good for his country. Expect him to bring his top game to the upcoming series.

The playmaker will open space and kick cleverly to try and release the Irish danger-men. Supporters of the men in green will be hoping that their main man can stay fit.

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Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

Another Lion. The powerful centre made himself a name for himself for his ball carrying skills and solid defence.

The 29-year-old is among the first names on the team sheet and will hope to give Ireland some front foot ball to get Ireland firing.

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Three to Watch

Jesse Kriel (Bulls)

The Bulls star is a devastating attacking player with bags of pace and an agile step. Kriel can expose space and gaps in the blink of an eye.

Ireland will have to watch this man closely if they want to stop South Africa running up a score. Kriel’s link up with De Allende and Handre Pollard is a deadly cocktail of skills and power for the Springboks.

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Josua Tuisova (RC Toulon)

The Fijians are known for their giant wings, this man being the most recent monster to come from the Pacific island nation. He has been tearing up the Top 14 this season with his searing pace and brute force.

There are many ways to beat a defender and this man knows all of them, dangerous in space.

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Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares)

The fly-half is becoming one of the most exciting, attacking number 10s in the world. He takes the ball to the gain line and with creative centres like Hernandez outside him, he is a very dangerous man.

Ireland’s back row will have their work cut out shutting this man down but if they can they should breeze home against Argentina.

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Predictions

Ireland vs South Africa – Ireland by three

Ireland vs Fiji – Ireland by 20

Ireland vs Argentina – Ireland by 12

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Potential Ireland XV

1. Jack McGrath, 2. Rory Best (captain), 3. Tadhg Furlong; 4. Ultan Dillane, 5. Iain Henderson; 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. CJ Stander; 9. Connor Murray, 10. Jonathan Sexton; 11. Adam Byrne, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 13. Bundee Aki, 14. Keith Earls, 15. Joey Carbery.

Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena

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About Fred Blagden

Recent Multimedia Journalism graduate. A rugby enthusiast with a particular interest in the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup. You can find him on Twitter @fredblagden and on LinkedIn.

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