Jared Payne has no doubts over Ringrose
Garry Ringrose has been tipped to belie his inexperience and solve Ireland's midfield conundrum against Australia tomorrow.
Ringrose will make his first senior start at number 12 when Ireland host the Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium, amid robust backing from head coach Joe Schmidt.
Centre partner Jared Payne also hailed Ringrose's rapid progress, and insisted the 21-year-old's lack of experience in his new role will not dent his performance in Dublin.
Ringrose was pressed into service at inside centre off the bench in last week's 21-9 New Zealand defeat - but head coach Schmidt has handed him the 12 shirt on merit amid a clutch of midfield injuries.
"In terms of experience Garry Ringrose doesn't need any of that," said Payne.
"You just tell him to do his thing and back himself, and he's a smart enough and good enough player to do that.
"I think there's always all this chat about experience but it's all a bit of a show.
"It all comes down to the individual: if they're confident enough to show their wares and play rugby, then you don't need experience. There's nothing that I really have to adapt to play alongside him."