JAMES RYAN will captain the Irish team this weekend against Argentina in the penultimate Autumn Nations Series test. While Ryan will take Johnny Sexton's place as captain against Los Pumas, he says he has no intention of trying to copy his Leinster teammates captaincy style.
Sexton will miss up six weeks after injuring himself against the All Blacks win, where Ireland won 29-20 last weekend
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Ryan and Ireland play an Argentina side, who have never beaten the hosts at the Aviva.
Ryan has previously said he admired the fly-half's captaincy style and said you really know when he plays and doesn't.
He also made reference to the Leinster man's standards he sets for his rugby team-mates.
Ryan told RTÉ Sport:
"I suppose how we make it up is everyone else on the team stepping up a little bit.
"That’s why today and tomorrow are very important sessions for us. It’s not even down to us [the leadership group], it’s up to everyone to drive the standards, drive the energy.
"We shouldn’t be relying on Johnny, it’s an Ireland game this week, at home at the Aviva.
"Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd in. There’s going to be an opportunity as well for other guys coming in.
"When he’s in it’s absolutely brilliant, but when he’s not there as well everyone’s got to step up and we’ve got to find our own voices.
"We can’t just be relying on him either, any opportunity you get to play for Ireland, you shouldn’t need extra motivation.
"I’m not too interested in giving a lad a bollocking or whatever else.
"I’m captain this week, but to be honest it doesn’t change a whole lot for me. I just want to get my own performance right. I think that’s the best way for me to lead.
"There are plenty of guys there that can drive those things on that side."
Ryan was first made captain for last November’s game against England and said it does take getting used too.
Ryan, will make his third captains appearance in three weeks next Sunday (2.15pm, live on RTÉ) and win his 40th cap.
Ireland 29 - 20 New Zealand.
Warren Gatland didn't think James Ryan could play against the biggest and best second rows in the world. Someone should ask the New Zealand second rows about that.
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