Confidence and morale are on the line in Ireland v Fiji rugby betting on the weekend. There are no IRB World Cup ranking points up for grabs in this unofficial match, and after getting beaten by a uncreative South Africa side last weekend, coach Declan Kidney will ring the changes for his Ireland XV. This shouldn’t be too much of a stiff task against the Pacific Islanders who were brushed aside by a crop of England’s youth last weekend. Ireland are on a downward swing of form, losing against England, New Zealand and the Barbarians this year and the Irish haven’t won since back in March against Scotland. The demise of Ireland has been so great that they could be fall out of the top eight in the world and that could have major ramifications for the 2015 World Cup seeding.
This game is being held in Limerick and with debutants lining up for the game, it could just be the breath of fresh air that Irish rugby needs. Ireland took a strong first half lead into the break against South Africa last weekend, but as soon as the Springboks came back and started playing efficient rugby, Ireland couldn’t handle things and fell apart. Next weekend’s match against Argentina is almost a World Cup qualifier and under pressure Kidney will want to see big positives in a big win against Fiji.
Ireland have beaten Fiji four times on home soil, three of them official Test meetings. Ireland have lost their last five Tests in a row, conceding 170 points in that run. Fiji though have lost six of their last eight international matches and have conceded at an average of 37 points per match.
Ireland XI v Fiji Rugby Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Ireland 1/50, Fiji 14/1, Draw 66/1
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