World Cup pressure on injury-hit Ireland

Ireland''s Chris Henry and South Africa''s Duane Vermeulen at the Aviva.

Injuries have ruled out Stephen Ferris and Paul O'Connell ahead of Ireland's autumn test with Argentina in a fortnight.

Monday, 12 November 2012
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It has the makings of a must-win game for the Irish, who have slipped down the rankings to eight in the world.

By losing they could end up in the third tier of seeds in the draw for the 2015 World Cup.

However the coaches are only focused on the Fiji match this Saturday.

"That's going to be a tough encounter," said Anthony Foley, Ireland assistant coach. "Fiji play a different brand of rugby than South Africa.

"It's just important that we don't get too distracted. There's obviously a few issues that you want to iron out from that game and obviously that will be done.

"We just need to make sure that going forward we're ready for Fiji."

Ireland lost by 12 points to 16 against South Africa last Saturday.

They take on Fiji at Thomond Park Stadium this weekend, with kickoff at 5.30pm.