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Today’s News

From The42 Valuable experience, but back to the waiting game for Ireland's up-and-comers November Tests

Valuable experience, but back to the waiting game for Ireland's up-and-comers

The Pro14 returns this week and many of the team who defeated Fiji will find themselves back in provincial colours.

From The42 Schmidt braced for battle with 'frustrated' foe Argentina Painful Memories

Schmidt braced for battle with 'frustrated' foe Argentina

The head coach says the 2015 World Cup quarter-final defeat won’t play a part in Ireland’s motivation this week, but he will have to look back to the clash.

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Yesterday’s News

From The42 Farrell 'shook' by tough debut Test, but hungry for plenty more Brutal Bow

Farrell 'shook' by tough debut Test, but hungry for plenty more

The Clogher Valley kid gave his club a very special occasion to celebrate this weekend.

Saturday 18 November, 2017

From The42 'We took some chances tonight': Schmidt relieved to see experimental side find a way to win Roll The Dice

'We took some chances tonight': Schmidt relieved to see experimental side find a way to win

“We wanted to see the players react under pressure,” says the head coach after a nervy end to the clash with Fiji.

From The42 Class of Conway and Carbery help stuttering Ireland edge past Fiji Close-run Thing

Class of Conway and Carbery help stuttering Ireland edge past Fiji

An experimental selection from Joe Schmidt was put under intense scrutiny by a fantastic array of Fijian talent.

From The42 Ruddock leads an Irish charge low on experience, high on confidence against Fiji Prepared

Ruddock leads an Irish charge low on experience, high on confidence against Fiji

From uncapped centre Chris Farrell to Andrew Porter on his first international start as tighthead, this Ireland side feel they are ready to meet Schmidt’s standards.

Friday 17 November, 2017

From The42 Fiji boss wants end to 'amateur era' arrangements and a share of November wealth Tourists

Fiji boss wants end to 'amateur era' arrangements and a share of November wealth

Head coach John McKee has a re-energised Nemani Nadolo to call on for the sold-out clash in Ireland.

From The42 'They call today the captain's run, it was more Joey's run' -- Ruddock Taking The Reins

'They call today the captain's run, it was more Joey's run' -- Ruddock

“I’m just head down and push,” says lead-by-example skipper Rhys Ruddock.

From The42 Barbarian days a welcome change of pace and set Jordi Murphy up for Fiji Bolter

Barbarian days a welcome change of pace and set Jordi Murphy up for Fiji

The Leinster man is back on the international scene for the first time since Chicago.

From The42 Schmidt excited to see how the depth chart holds up in 'acid test' against Fiji Road To Japan

Schmidt excited to see how the depth chart holds up in 'acid test' against Fiji

Ireland’s head coach is counting down the matches before the 2019 World Cup, and he knows there are not many more chances to experiment.

Thursday 16 November, 2017

From The42 Dillane determined to keep focus wider than just box-office Nakarawa Lock Stocks

Dillane determined to keep focus wider than just box-office Nakarawa

An inexperienced Ireland team will put an emphasis on their structure against Fiji.

From The42 Nadolo back in town as Fiji pack a punch in side to face Ireland November Tests

Nadolo back in town as Fiji pack a punch in side to face Ireland

John McKee has made four changes to the side who lost to Italy last weekend.

From The42 Marmion ready to bring energy and more from the start for Ireland Half Measures

Marmion ready to bring energy and more from the start for Ireland

The Connacht man has started just four times at international level, but has impressed Schmidt throughout this year.

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

From The42 Big-stage kicking priceless exposure for Joey Carbery Teed Up

Big-stage kicking priceless exposure for Joey Carbery

Ireland’s second choice out-half has found himself fourth in line for the kicking tee with Leinster.

From The42 'I struggled with the selection': McGrath gearing up for return to number 1 after rare absence November Tests

'I struggled with the selection': McGrath gearing up for return to number 1 after rare absence

Missing out on a big Test match was a new experience for McGrath.

Tuesday 14 November, 2017

From The42 Celebrating the 'small wins' a sign of Ireland's unity, says Kearney BODY LANGUAGE

Celebrating the 'small wins' a sign of Ireland's unity, says Kearney

Joe Schmidt’s squad didn’t wait for tries to present a positive, exuberant front.

Monday 13 November, 2017

From The42 Erasmus and Nienaber officially bid farewell to Munster And They're Off

Erasmus and Nienaber officially bid farewell to Munster

Johann van Graan will take over as head coach in the southern province next week.

From The42 'There's a fair bit of faith put in me and a fair bit of pressure to repay the coach' -- Rob Kearney 15

'There's a fair bit of faith put in me and a fair bit of pressure to repay the coach' -- Rob Kearney

The fullback said Saturday’s match was a more nerve-wracking prospect than usual.

From The42 O'Donnell and Leavy ruled out of Ireland's clash with Fiji Injury Update

O'Donnell and Leavy ruled out of Ireland's clash with Fiji

John Ryan and Keith Earls have returned to Munster for treatment, but Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy are the sole call-ups to Joe Schmidt’s squad.

Sunday 12 November, 2017

From The42 'He's turned into the enforcer': Hard-hitting Henderson raised everyone around him, says Toner Monster

'He's turned into the enforcer': Hard-hitting Henderson raised everyone around him, says Toner

The powerful Ulster lock dominated his opposite number Eben Etzebeth in a telling collision.

From The42 'It's five years since I played in Croke Park, both are incredible' Lovely Hurling

'It's five years since I played in Croke Park, both are incredible'

The former inter-county hurler gave a glimpse of his international quality on his Test debut against South Africa.

Saturday 11 November, 2017

From The42 Ireland 'flattered' by record win against South Africa -- Schmidt Margins

Ireland 'flattered' by record win against South Africa -- Schmidt

The Kiwi stresses that Ireland would be naive to think themselves 35 points better than the Springboks.

From The42 Conway and Stockdale on the mark as Ireland cruise to win over sorry Springboks Stock On The Rise

Conway and Stockdale on the mark as Ireland cruise to win over sorry Springboks

Joe Schmidt’s side opened their November campaign with a comfortable four-try win over the ‘Boks.

From The42 'Bundee runs the show in Connacht, he has to bring a little bit of that to us' -- Rory Best Playmaker

'Bundee runs the show in Connacht, he has to bring a little bit of that to us' -- Rory Best

The uncapped Aki has been at the centre of all this week’s debate and he will have ample opportunity to change the conversation tonight.

From The42 'You play rugby and think you have stress and things to worry about, until you meet the real life' Interview

'You play rugby and think you have stress and things to worry about, until you meet the real life'

We caught up with former Ulster captain and Springbok lock Johann Muller to talk farming in a drought, bountiful times for Iain Henderson and a telling month for South African rugby.

Friday 10 November, 2017

From The42 Best feeling fit to lead Ireland against 'Boks, but won't look beyond this season Skip

Best feeling fit to lead Ireland against 'Boks, but won't look beyond this season

‘If you’re not fit enough you get found out very, very quickly.’

From The42 Schmidt confident ex-hurler Sweetnam will stay cool as he takes Test rugby 'plunge' Sweets And Bunds

Schmidt confident ex-hurler Sweetnam will stay cool as he takes Test rugby 'plunge'

‘People have dipped their toe in and now they’ve got to plunge,’ says Joe Schmidt of the new caps making the grade this weekend.

Leaner, lighter, faster, keener Healy reaching 'for new heights' in number 1 jersey

The loosehead decided to shed kilos and increase his agility after a successful summer tour.

Thursday 9 November, 2017

From The42 'Beast' back into beefy Springbok side to face Ireland Sa

'Beast' back into beefy Springbok side to face Ireland

Pieter Steph du Toit has been retained in the back row behind Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager.

From The42 Aki in for Ireland as injury takes Earls out of 'Boks clash First XV

Aki in for Ireland as injury takes Earls out of 'Boks clash

Uncapped Munster man Darren Sweetnam is named among the replacements.

From The42 Five years on from 'bizarre' debut feeling, Henderson primed to peak for Ireland November Tests

Five years on from 'bizarre' debut feeling, Henderson primed to peak for Ireland

The Lions lock looks back on a 2012 debut of a ’20-year-old kid who didn’t really know what he was doing’.

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

From The42 Ireland hope to call on 'fit and fresh Jamie Heaslip come the New Year' 8 Expectations

Ireland hope to call on 'fit and fresh Jamie Heaslip come the New Year'

The 95 Test veteran has not played since March due to a back problem.

From The42 Carbery happy to take charge in backline, even when it means over-ruling Sexton Walk The Walk

Carbery happy to take charge in backline, even when it means over-ruling Sexton

A year on from his famous debut, the Athy man is doing more than operating as understudy.

Tuesday 7 November, 2017

From The42 'In my eyes right now, he ticks every box': Earls backs Stockdale to continue flying form Taking Shape

'In my eyes right now, he ticks every box': Earls backs Stockdale to continue flying form

Just infield meanwhile, the diligent Bundee Aki has been settling right in at Carton House.

Monday 6 November, 2017

From The42 'One of the older fellas,' but Test match buzz still takes hold of Keith Earls Peak Keith

'One of the older fellas,' but Test match buzz still takes hold of Keith Earls

Approaching nine years since his debut, the Munster wing is being kept on his toes by the young blood in Joe Schmidt’s squad.

From The42 Delayed birthday boy Treadwell only missing man from Ireland training Feeling 22

Delayed birthday boy Treadwell only missing man from Ireland training

The Ulster lock will re-join Schmidt’s squad on Wednesday evening after a delayed return from South Africa.

Sunday 5 November, 2017

From The42 A year on from Chicago, Ireland's November goals appear much more straightforward November Tests

A year on from Chicago, Ireland's November goals appear much more straightforward

Anything less than three from three would cause some soul-searching through the winter.

Thursday 2 November, 2017

From The42 Zebo omitted to protect provinces but he can play his way back into Ireland shirt, says Schmidt Simon Zebo

Zebo omitted to protect provinces but he can play his way back into Ireland shirt, says Schmidt

The Ireland head coach explained the decision to keep the Corkman out of Ireland’s November plans.

From The42 One-week red card ban leaves Conway available for Ireland duty November Tests

One-week red card ban leaves Conway available for Ireland duty

A disciplinary panel in Edinburgh considered mitigating factors like the role of Peter O’Mahony along with Conway’s clean record.

From The42 Time in France had lasting impact on Johnny Sexton's resilience, says Joe Schmidt Wear And Tear

Time in France had lasting impact on Johnny Sexton's resilience, says Joe Schmidt

“We’re looking to manage our players, we’re looking to add to the longevity of our players.”

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