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Preview: Ireland vs. Argentina

Preview: Ireland vs. Argentina
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Sports Mole previews Ireland's match with Argentina in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland will be looking to end a run of six straight defeats on Saturday when they host Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Declan Kidney's side lost a tight contest 16-12 against two-time world champions South Africa last weekend and they come up against a team who will be buoyed by their recent victory over Wales.

The hosts have made one change with Craig Gilroy making his debut in place of Andrew Trimble.

The Pumas have introduced four new faces to their starting lineup, including the return of Juan Martin Hernandez from injury.

Recent form:

Ireland: LLLLLL

Argentina: LDLLLW

Lineups:

Ireland: Zebo, Bowe, Earls, D'Arcy, Gilroy, Sexton, Murray, Heaslip, Henry, O'Mahony, McCarthy, Ryan, Ross, Strauss, Healy
Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Bent, O'Callaghan, Henderson, Reddan, O'Gara, McFadden

Argentina: Hernandez, Camacho, Bosch, Fernandez, Imhoff, Sanchez, Landajo, Senatore, Leguizamon, Fernandez Lobbe, Caballo, Carizza, Bustos, Guinazu, Ayerza
Replacements: Creevy, Lobo, Gomez Kodela, Vallejos, Leonardi, Vergallo, Tiesi, Montero

Sports Mole says: Ireland to get back in the winning habit


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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina32211669
United StatesUnited States25292276
JapanJapan2071239
AustraliaAustralia1541736
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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