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#November Tests

# november-tests - Thursday 16 November, 2017

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.

# november-tests - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

England Women's 15s squad to be paid match fees as they open November Tests

The RFU has agreed a pay deal for the Red Roses.

Who would you like to see get a chance when Ireland face Fiji?

Joe Schmidt names his team tomorrow.

'Joe told me before the game I was like an aeroplane on the runway, I'm there but I'm not going up'

CJ Stander hopes Saturday’s performance against South Africa will be the launchpad for his season with Ireland and Munster.

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.

'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.

# november-tests - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Opportunity knocks for squad members but Schmidt demands the same high standards

Jack Conan is one player chomping at the bit to pull on the green jersey against Fiji.

'There was part of me that was wondering was that me done, would I be a one-cap wonder?'

Rob Herring had to wait three-and-a-half years for his second bite at international rugby, and he wasn’t prepared to let the chance slip by.

Kilcoyne and Ryan in race to be fit for sold-out Fiji clash after missing training

Leinster’s Michael Bent has been called into the Ireland squad as injury cover.

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.

# november-tests - Monday 13 November, 2017

Erasmus and Nienaber officially bid farewell to Munster

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

'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.

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.

Conway savouring the journey after hard work pays off on the long road to Test rugby

“I’m massively grateful to be where I am now playing in a game like this.”

Opening win 'a huge relief' but Schmidt and Ireland refocus on building further

“The size of the win is not as relevant as people might think.”

Schmidt: 'Ian McKinley is a great kid and no-one deserves it more than him'

The Ireland head coach was delighted when he learned his former out-half had made his international debut for Italy.

# november-tests - Sunday 12 November, 2017

'A big loss': South Africa prop Oosthuizen ruled out of tour after Aki-Sexton hit

The prop was carried off after just 60 seconds at the Aviva last night.

Room for improvement, but Ireland's demolition of 'Boks leaves huge ground for optimism

Without getting carried away, South Africa’s abject performance shouldn’t take anything away from Ireland.

'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.

'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.

# november-tests - Saturday 11 November, 2017

'It has been a hell of a journey and a hell of a night. I'm lost for words'

Bundee Aki shared a special moment with his family and friends after a fine Ireland debut.

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.

Coetzee: 'We let ourselves down, we let our support back home down'

The South Africa head coach was unable to explain his side’s miserable performance at the Aviva Stadium as they slumped to a 38-3 defeat.

New faces make their mark, Ireland's dominance and more Aviva talking points

A thoroughly dominant victory leaves huge grounds for optimism heading into the season ahead.

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.

Confusion reigns as Ireland sport clashing alternative jersey against South Africa

The clashing jerseys have caused some consternation among viewers.

Inspiring comeback sees Ian McKinley kick crucial penalty on Italy debut

McKinley scored an important second half penalty as Italy earned their first Test win of 2017.

'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.

'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.

# november-tests - Friday 10 November, 2017

'No one has walked into an Irish jersey but guys have walked out of it by the way they perform in training'

Peter O’Mahony says the introduction of uncapped players has helped drive standards in the build-up to Saturday’s clash against South Africa.

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.’

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.

# november-tests - Thursday 9 November, 2017

'Pretty much the entire family, the dog and the cat, are heading down. It'll be something special'

Jacob Stockdale is relishing the prospect of playing in front of the Aviva Stadium crowd for the first time.

'I didn't think it was very impressive from a media point of view, to be honest'

Today’s media briefing at Carton House was again dominated by questions about Bundee Aki’s inclusion.

'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.

Cruel blow for in-form Earls as training injury set to rule him out of series

The Munster man is replaced in Ireland’s starting XV by team-mate Andrew Conway.

McGrath drops out, Kearney remains as Schmidt's fullback and more talking points

The Ireland head coach has named his first team of the season.

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

Uncapped Munster man Darren Sweetnam is named among the replacements.

Farrell and Itoje rested as Hartley captains England for visit of Argentina

Eddie Jones has stuck with Henry Slade and Sam Underhill in his side to face the Pumas, while Elliot Daly has been passed fit.