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# summer-tour - Monday 26 June, 2017

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan Full Flight This post contains videos

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan

Not content with sealing a record for himself, the Limerick man assisted five tries for five different scorers.

# summer-tour - Saturday 24 June, 2017

The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour

Ireland had some freedom to play in the US and Japan, but these men made the most of the chances.

50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms

It was far from the free-running rugby of the opening two Tests, but Ireland’s willingness to work was exemplified by their totemic lock.

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

We’ve got an early minute-by-minute in store for you as Ireland wrap up their season in Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium.

# summer-tour - Friday 23 June, 2017

Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season

The finale of a lengthy international campaign is your early-morning appetiser.

Ringrose still soaking up information as he lines out for 11th straight Ireland Test

The Dubliner has been impressed by Japanese culture, but is wary of their Kiwi-esque style ahead of his final match of the season.

# summer-tour - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

'Even when I was fifth choice I was doing my own routine, training as best I could' -- Tracy primed for Ireland start

The Kildare man has been patient for province and country, but promises to grab any Test start opportunity with two hands.

# summer-tour - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

All the little affirmations paying off as Andrew Conway revels chance to wear Ireland jersey

The Munster wing says he was not consistent enough to earn international recognition before this year.

# summer-tour - Monday 19 June, 2017

Conan's no contrarian as he proves patience is a virtue

The back-row had to wait two years between his two Irish caps.

# summer-tour - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool looks even more manageable after this morning’s seven-try rout.

Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan

Joe Schmidt’s side hit the 50-point mark for the second week running thanks to big displays from Earls and Jack Conan.

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

We’re getting in a pre-breakfast helping of international rugby. There’s plenty for everyone.

# summer-tour - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Quiz: How well do you remember Ireland's last tour of Japan?

Cast your mind all the way back to 2005.

Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week

Experimentation has taken a back seat this week after five new caps were unleashed against the US.

Schmidt makes six changes to Ireland side ahead of Japan Test

Off the back of a comprehensive win over the US Eagles, Ireland face stiffer competition in Shizuoka on Saturday.

JVDF ready to do without scrum cap again as Ireland board bullet train

The flanker reckons it’s around 15 years since he played without headgear, but the heat in New Jersey and Japan has forced a change.

# summer-tour - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Wasps flanker Young among 9 uncapped in Wales squad to meet Tonga in Auckland

Wales’ meeting forms one half of a double header in Eden Park with the All Blacks meeting Samoa in the main event.

'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate

Staving off jet-lag is the first job for Joe Schmidt’s squad after arriving in Japan yesterday.

Ringrose will continue to hone kicking skills, but it may be a while before you see him with the tee again

The centre landed a beauty from the sideline in New Jersey, but it won’t necessarily become a regular occurence.

# summer-tour - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

In pics: Ireland get out of the Tokyo heat with a pool session

All that was missing was a bit of aqua aerobics.

Blow for Ireland as Carbery will miss rest of summer tour

The out-half will be sidelined for four weeks with an ankle injury.

Ryan enjoying leadership role while also finding his own feet at international level

The Munster prop is one of the older members of the squad but Saturday’s game against USA was his first start in a green shirt.

# summer-tour - Saturday 10 June, 2017

As it happened: US Eagles v Ireland, summer tour

We’re going minute-by-minute as Joe Schmidt’s young squad meet the USA in New Jersey.

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania 2019 PREVIEW This post contains videos

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania

The eastern European side are also likely to be part of Ireland’s pool at the next World Cup.

# summer-tour - Friday 9 June, 2017

In pictures: Ireland hit the ice baths after training as temperatures hit 30 degrees in New York

Joe Schmidt’s side face USA Eagles tomorrow night.

'Obviously when I got this opportunity I wondered would I ever play against Ireland'

AJ MacGinty will come up against a few familiar faces in New Jersey tomorrow night as he continues his international adventure with USA.

# summer-tour - Thursday 8 June, 2017

'It's gas, he hasn't lost it': ROG shows off silky skills at Ireland training

Keith Earls is enjoying spending time with his former team-mate in New Jersey.

# summer-tour - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Four years on from passenger's role in North America, Marmion intent on putting his stamp on tour

The Connacht scrum-half jokes that meeting JJ Watt was one the highlights of the last tour to the US as he was left out of both matchday squads.

# summer-tour - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Geordan Murphy would have liked to get Ireland's coaching call too

Three backs-focused coaches are helping Ireland’s summer tour preparations, but Murphy feels caught between two stools as an Irishman in the English system.

# summer-tour - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Tommy O'Donnell ruled out injured as Ruddock appointed Ireland captain for summer tour Tod

Tommy O'Donnell ruled out injured as Ruddock appointed Ireland captain for summer tour

Ulster’s Sean Reidy will replace the Munster man once the squad get to Japan for the second and third matches of their tour.

# summer-tour - Friday 24 March, 2017

Munster back row O'Donoghue keen to 'kick on' with Ireland on summer tour

The 23-year-old understands that he must prove himself to Joe Schmidt at provincial level again.

# summer-tour - Sunday 26 June, 2016

Willie le Roux given one-week ban for aerial hit on Tiernan O'Halloran

The fullback was fortunate not to be issued a red card in the first half of yesterday’s Test.

# summer-tour - Thursday 23 June, 2016

'Anyone not on the pitch feels they can add something': Murphy fresh and ready to make history in Port Elizabeth

Jamie Heaslip will be joined by Jordi Murphy and CJ Stander again this weekend.

'There will be something new from the Irish': Boks expect to see much more of Ireland's attacking threat

The South Africa coach is prepared for Andrew Trimble to take on more of the carrying workload.

Schmidt 'utterly confident' Ireland have the energy to end long season with series win

The Kiwi says his players are always motivated and won’t need reminding before Saturday’s deciding third Test.

# summer-tour - Monday 20 June, 2016

'It's never as simple as putting players on and saying, 'He'll freshen things up'' - Joe Schmidt This post contains videos

'It's never as simple as putting players on and saying, 'He'll freshen things up'' - Joe Schmidt

The Kiwi explains his thought process behind delaying the introduction of his replacement backs as Ireland faded in Jo’burg.

Henshaw flies home to see knee specialist as Ireland regroup to go 'full steam'

Joe Schmidt’s squad went for a dip in the Indian Ocean this morning as they recovered ahead of next Saturday’s big third Test.

Vermeulen top of Springbok injury concerns ahead of series-deciding third Test

The dramatic comeback against Ireland could have come at a cost.

# summer-tour - Saturday 18 June, 2016

Ireland hoping to show more attacking threat in once-a-decade chance in South Africa

Joe Schmidt’s side looked more fluid in attack last weekend before the red card forced a tactical shift.

# summer-tour - Friday 17 June, 2016

'The Springboks aren’t going to hand history to us, we have to take it ourselves'

The odds are against Ireland in Johannesburg this weekend, but it didn’t stop them last time.

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