Schmidt a good All Blacks fit, says McCaw

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The Tullow Tank makes his return to global action for the first time in a year this evening when Ireland host Argentina in the Aviva Stadium. "

"I actually thought he was just getting into his rhythm in the game.

". "Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that".

"I think without being disrespectful to Argentina [who Ireland played on Saturday] I think we are a better team than them".

Schmidt, whose side began the November Tests with a 54-7 thumping of Italy, said Argentina would prove challenging in many respects.

"It's the top-ranked team versus the second-ranked team so I'd love to play", he added. "We know we are going to have to be a lot better".

"The surprise for me is probably Sean O'Brien", said former Ireland global Stephen Ferris on Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42 this week after Schmidt named a starting back row of O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander.

"They are the number two side in the world and you don't get to play one and two that often when they are in two separate hemispheres, so when they do come about, they become pretty big games".

"He's a great player, he's one of the best back rows in the world", said Matera yesterday. "They were hard at the back, hard off the ruck and hard off the line and really squeezed us".

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Ireland have struggled at time in the Rugby World Cup, suffering three defeats to the Pumas, but were comfortable winners when the sides met in last last year's autumn series.

Argentina should provide a testing examination provided they are not too exhausted having come out of the Rugby Championship with two victories under new head coach Mario Ledesma, including their first in Australia since 1983.

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Kiwi coach Schmidt may well opt to return to his native New Zealand for a crack at leading the All Blacks, but Ulster hooker Best hopes he could sign on for more with Ireland.

"So it is tough to come back into a game of that magnitude though".

The circumstances were far from ideal but Dan Leavy's contribution to Ireland's 28-17 win over Argentina was all the more impressive given his preparation for the game.

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

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