It has been emphasised that Portugal, who will compete in the Rugby Europe Championship next year, would choose a slightly different team instead of the one that has garnered a lot of praise in France over the last several months.

Portugal and Ireland have enjoyed a cordial relationship during their pre-World Cup training, with Os Lobos reportedly making an impression during the hit-out in Quinta do Lago.

As the players strive to catch up to the expectations of the senior squad after a successful World Cup campaign, the Portuguese squad has the opportunity to give more individuals crucial playing experience in the red jersey during the development games against such testing opposition.