There was no hiding the fact, this was a must win game for Ireland and as they lined out ahead of kickoff, one could sense a quiet anticipation among supporters, press and in the body language of the players.
The Ireland team to play Argentina in the final game of the Guinness Series has been named.
Following the Ireland Team captains run in Thomond Park Stadium this morning, it was confirmed that Donnacha Ryan has been ruled out of the game against Fiji tomorrow due to illness. Second row Mike McCarthy comes into the replacements in his place.
Fiji (Team & Replacements v Ireland XV, Guinness Series 2012, Thomond park, Saturday, November 17th, 5:30pm)
The Ireland XV to play Fiji in Thomond Park on Saturday, November 17th (kick off 5:30pm) has been named.
Ulster Rugby has been boosted by the news that international second row Dan Tuohy has agreed a contract extension to remain at the club until June 2015.
Jamie Heaslip will captain Ireland in the opening game of the 2012 Guinness Series against South Africa this Saturday.
Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the opening game of the Guinness Series against South Africa due to a back injury.
Lewis Stevenson has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks after picking up a knee injury in Friday's win over Edinburgh, while Stephen Ferris will report to the Ireland medical staff for the treatment and management of his ankle injury.
Ireland Captain Brian O'Driscoll and Ulster hooker Rory Best have both been ruled out of the Guinness Series