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We will have to be at our best: Schmidt

 

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Joe Schmidt has warned fans to re-adjust their expectations for tomorrow's clash with Fiji.

In past November windows, Ireland have run in big wins in the middle game of their schedule against the likes of Georgia and Canada, but the head coach believes the Islanders, ranked ninth in the world and packed with Top 14 talent, are a different kettle of fish.

Schmidt has made 13 changes from the team that beat the Springboks last weekend - with Joey Carbery starting at out-half and Ulster-born centre Chris Farrell in for his debut.

Fiji coach John McKee has named a strong side, with Montpellier threats Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa on the wings, Racing's Leone Nakarawa at lock and La Rochelle's Levani Botia in the centre.

"Any result would be really good because Fiji are ranked a lot higher than Canada," Schmidt said. "They bring a different level of physical impact, athleticism and skill.

"I'd love to see them (Ireland) get a result," added Schmidt whose side face Argentina in Dublin tomorrow week.

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