Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes changes will bring fresh impetus

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes some of the players who will come in to feature in the final decisive Test against South Africa will bring a freshness and energy to his side.

The series is level at 1-1 after Ireland won the opening Test in Cape Town on 11 June and the Springboks triumphed in Johannesburg a week later.

"We have made a lot of changes but a number of players are coming in fresh and hopefully that energy will be a little bit contagious in the group," said Schmidt.

"It's a matter of trying to balance those players who have a little bit of fuel still in the tank and those who are carrying knocks or starting to flag at the end of a long season."