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#November Tests

# november-tests - Thursday 9 November, 2017

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.

# november-tests - Friday 3 November, 2017

Struggling Argentina face 'difficult' November Tests

The Pumas will face England and Italy as well as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

'Whatever happens, deal with it, move on and hopefully you get your opportunity later on'

Rhys Ruddock is pushing hard for a starting berth against South Africa but knows he’ll need to displace a trio of Lions.

# november-tests - Thursday 2 November, 2017

35-year-old Best still Ireland's evergreen captain despite 'frustrating' start to season

Back to full fitness, the Ulster hooker is ready to lead Ireland into battle this month.

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.

'I will sit down with Joe and maybe David Nucifora before making any serious decisions'

Iain Henderson on his future and this month’s Autumn internationals.

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.

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.”

# november-tests - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

'The older you get, you really appreciate how hard it is to get in here': Murray working to stay at the top

The Munster, Ireland and Lions scrum-half was named RWI player of the year last night.

# november-tests - Tuesday 31 October, 2017

England and Wales to train together in unique set-piece session

The contested set-piece work-out will be part of each team’s preparations for the November internationals.

'He's in great nick': KK backs Aki to shine at 12 for Ireland

The Kiwi also had words of consolation for Tiernan O’Halloran after his omission.

# november-tests - Monday 30 October, 2017

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All-action Sean O'Brien all set for November while Leinster aim to cap excellent opening

The Tullow Tank says he’s ‘fit as a fiddle’ after an excellent 80-minute display to bridge a month long absence.

# november-tests - Friday 27 October, 2017

Marler available to face Australia after three-week ban reviewed

Marler was banned after being found guilty of striking Will Rowlands with his arm.

'Head-turning' French offers not easily shrugged off, says Conor Murray

Conor Murray is locked into his IRFU contract through the next World Cup, but he admits there is a big decision to made in his 30s.

# november-tests - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Former Ireland women's coach named as USA assistant for November internationals

Greg McWilliams has been in America for the last two years.

Schmidt's statement, Bundee's inclusion and more Ireland squad talking points

Who can consider themselves unlucky to miss out? We dissect the squad for next month’s Test matches.

Conor Murray: Zebo knew the risks of leaving, but as a mate I'd like him in Ireland team

“He’s a really proud Munsterman, a really proud Corkman, he loves playing for his country.”

Zebo dropped from Ireland squad as Schmidt includes 4 uncapped players for November

Bundee Aki, Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell and Adam Byrne receive call-ups for the first time.

RFU close to agreeing match fees for Women's 15s squad ahead of their November Tests

England have named a 35-strong elite squad for the season ahead, with 28 women in their November training squad.

Haskell and Marler left out of England's autumn international squads

There are also a number of so-called ‘apprentice players’ in the squad.

# november-tests - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Dylan Hartley escapes ban, Joe Marler suspended for two of England's November Tests

Meanwhile, the hit that left Wales and Dragons flanker Ollie Griffiths with a broken jaw was worth a nine-week ban.

No denying Stockdale's form, but details key if he's to break into Schmidt's November plan, says Rory Best

The Ulster and Ireland captain doesn’t feel Ireland has a deep enough talent pool to simply toss Simon Zebo aside.

'I have to calm down a bit, but I'd rather be that than need a kick up the ass every morning'

Jonathan Sexton isn’t campaigning for a captaincy role with club or country, but he is fine-tuning his leadership methods.

# november-tests - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

'It's a big call to miss out on a World Cup': Sexton laments loss of Zebo from Ireland's cause

‘If I was to advise anyone, I’d say wait until the end of your international career before you decide to go over’.

Who would you like to see Joe Schmidt pick to face South Africa next month?

With two rounds of Europe and inter-pros behind us, the international team is taking shape.

# november-tests - Friday 13 October, 2017

Kiwi refs appointed to Ireland's opening November Tests

Meanwhile, Frank Murphy will run the line for Wales’ biggest games next month.