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#November Tests

# november-tests - Monday 20 November, 2017

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.

# november-tests - Sunday 19 November, 2017

'I'd love him to play 10 more often, it would help his development': The Carbery dilemma 10

'I'd love him to play 10 more often, it would help his development': The Carbery dilemma

Joe Schmidt says Carbery playing at full-back for Leinster ‘is an unfortunate situation’ for Ireland.

'You’re not borrowing this jersey for 80 minutes. You’ve got to think 'this is my jersey now''

Jack Conan admits it wasn’t a vintage performance, but the experience gained from a hard-fought win over Fiji will be hugely beneficial going forward.

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.

# november-tests - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Fiji take heart from pushing Ireland all the way but rue a missed opportunity

Head coach John McKee says narrow defeat in Dublin a step in the right direction for his side.

'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.

A valuable learning curve, Carbery's class and more talking points from the Aviva

Plus, Conway and Keatley stake their claim.

Inspired Scotland go desperately close to beating All Blacks

It took an injury-time tackle from Beauden Barrett on Stuart Hogg to deny a famous victory.

'He's brave to a fault': Carbery's masterful display ends with suspected arm fracture

The 22-year-old has been ruled out of next week’s game against Argentina.

Here's how we rated Ireland in their narrow win over Fiji

Ireland did just enough to make it six straight wins.

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.

Elliot Daly's brilliant try the highlight of England-Australia Top Class This post contains videos

Elliot Daly's brilliant try the highlight of England-Australia

The hosts ran in four tries to none from their opponents, who had two potential scores disallowed on replay.

As it happened: Ireland vs Fiji, Autumn internationals

We had minute-by-minute coverage as Joe Schmidt’s side continued their November series when they met Fiji at the Aviva Stadium.

Pumas finish strongly to see off Italy

This was no work of art in Florence.

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.

# november-tests - Friday 17 November, 2017

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.

'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.

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.

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.

# november-tests - Thursday 16 November, 2017

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

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

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.

'It's always a concern', but Schmidt backs new faces and combinations against Fiji

The Ireland head coach says players need to be exposed at this level in order to learn and develop.

Carbery at 10, another new centre combination and more Ireland team talking points

Joe Schmidt has made 13 changes for Saturday’s clash with Fiji.

Chris Farrell to make Ireland debut as Schmidt makes 13 changes for Fiji

There are also first starts in green for Darren Sweetnam, Andrew Porter and Rob Herring.

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.