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#November Tests

# 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.

'I want to play for Ireland': Bowe still hungry to break back into Schmidt's plans

The winger says he will try and ‘enjoy’ Saturday’s Test against South Africa having missed out on a place in the squad.

Bundee Aki set for Ireland debut as Schmidt faces big calls ahead of South Africa

The head coach has decisions to make in a number of positions.

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’.

# november-tests - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

'I have grown a lot from where I was but there's still a long way to go. I'm still learning'

Complacency isn’t part of Tadhg Furlong’s DNA as he prepares to face the Springboks on Saturday.

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.

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.

# november-tests - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

'Bundee hasn't done anything wrong': Murray says selection criticism is unfair

The Kiwi native is in line to make his Ireland debut against the Springboks on Saturday.

Schmidt's back-row picture becomes clearer as trio miss training

Tommy O’Donnell, Jack Conan and Dan Leavy sat out this morning’s squad session.

'The fact Simon is still at Munster, he probably has the right to feel disappointed'

Tommy Bowe on why he turned down offers from England and France to remain part of the Ireland set-up.

'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.

Coetzee: ‘Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are the All Blacks of Europe’

The South Africa head coach is full of praise for Ireland, but knows the weight of importance attached to Saturday’s Test match for his side.

# november-tests - Monday 6 November, 2017

England lock horns with Wales in feisty set-piece training session

“We understand it was a training tool rather than a smash-up on the Monday of a Test week.”

'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.

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.

'A big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster': Van Graan arrival date confirmed

The South Africa assistant coach will take the reins at Munster from 20 November.

# november-tests - Sunday 5 November, 2017

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.