- The Irish and European seasons have been over for some time and players have not had a lot of competitive rugby.
- Players returning from injury - O'Driscoll, Wallace, Horgan - need some game time, so they are not going in to the big games 'cold'.
- Points difference could be crucial and our starting fifteen are undoubtedly more dangerous than our reserves.
I would agree with Charlie in so far as I wouldn't want the big names playing all of both. With seven subs capable of playing 20-30 minutes, no one should have to play more than 90-120 minutes of rugby in those two games. Over a two week period with a controlled training regime I don't see that being a problem for any of the squad.
I'm not staying in the office to add any more to this, so c'mon Ireland!