With the All Blacks in town next weekend, Joe Schmidt also had to look on from the stands as Peter O'Mahony [shoulder], Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki [both tweaked ankles] were looked at my medics.
"So he just told me to go down to South Africa and give us a good 80 minutes and you might get a shot against Argentina". You could throw Seanie into an worldwide when he hasn't played in a year and you will get the same level of performance from him because he is just mentally so tough and he expects everyone around him to be the same as him.
Earlier, they had beaten South Africa to end an 11-game losing streak in the Rugby Championship and had been competitive against New Zealand.
O'Brien has tended to rise to challenges of this kind in the past and he is a player that Schmidt has real faith in.
Schmidt, whose side claimed a record 10th successive home, said he would chat to Murray to work out if he felt in a good enough place to come back for a match that pitches the two top-ranked teams in the world against each other.
"I would be delighted if we are as competitive as we were the last three times".
"I don't know that he did the damage (in Ireland's victory in Chicago)", said Hansen. He's got a big target in a year's time [the World Cup] that he wants to get to. "It's highly unlikely he will be involved but as I said I'll talk to him during the week", he added.
"We shouldn't really be giving them to Kiwis anyway, because we want to get as much green in there, as much volume supporting us as possible".
Argentina should provide a testing examination provided they are not too exhausted having come out of the Rugby Championship with two victories under new head coach Mario Ledesma, including their first in Australia since 1983.
Meanwhile Ringrose and Kearney are expected to train fully next week and should come back into contention for the New Zealand game at the Aviva next weekend. They'd topped their World Cup group and with England dumped out things couldn't be going better. "So, with that prediction, it puts them into the mix for sure".
The circumstances were far from ideal but Dan Leavy's contribution to Ireland's 28-17 win over Argentina was all the more impressive given his preparation for the game. "We have been beaten by plenty of people and the ability to bounce back and deal with adversity is what makes you a good rugby side".