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#First Test

# first-test - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

BOD and Roberts' brilliance, The Beast's scrum power, and a narrow Boks win

The Lions very nearly produced a comeback victory against South Africa in their first Test in 2009.

# first-test - Saturday 9 June, 2018

Ireland's winning streak over as Cheika's Wallabies power to Brisbane victory

Joe Schmidt’s team were second best and find themselves 1-0 down in the series.

# first-test - Thursday 10 May, 2018

'People have been trying to say it will make me a better player, but it's hard to look past that'

The omission of Barry McCarthy for Friday’s first Test against Pakistan raised questions over Ireland’s selection policy.

# first-test - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they're still outsiders

The tour is back in Auckland after a whirlwind three weeks that have seen Warren Gatland’s side grow.

# first-test - Monday 19 June, 2017

Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland

The Lions’ second row, back row, midfield and left wing selections will be fascinating.

Lions have no doubt that Owen Farrell will be 100% fit for first Test

The England international is set to start at 10 or 12.

# first-test - Monday 12 June, 2017

With first Test looming, Henshaw and the Dunedin crew must stand out

Warren Gatland will send out the majority of his first Test team on Saturday against the Māori All Blacks.

# first-test - Wednesday 15 June, 2016

Analysis: Who did what for Ireland in the rucks against South Africa?

Jack McGrath was superb post-tackle for Ireland, but many others dug in too.

# first-test - Thursday 15 January, 2015

These are the men Ireland will open their Six Nations title defence against

Jacques Brunel has named four uncapped players in his 30-man Italy squad.

# first-test - Friday 6 June, 2014

What kind of Argentina team will Ireland be facing tomorrow in Chaco?

We’ve examined Los Pumas’ starting side ahead of their clash with Joe Schmidt’s men.

# first-test - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Seven things we want to see from Ireland in the Tests against Argentina

From options at centre to a prayer on the wing. We don’t ask for much.

# first-test - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Kaino returns for All Blacks with three uncapped players named on bench

Steve Hansen has selected an experienced starting XV to face England in the first Test on Saturday.

# first-test - Sunday 20 October, 2013

O'Loughlin slams wayward pros as Australia 'found out' in Cavan

The Australia coach declared he will not compromise on ‘effort and intensity’ ahead of the second test.

# first-test - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Ireland easily overcome Australia to win first test

Paul Earley’s side are in pole position in the International Rules series following their victory this evening.

# first-test - Saturday 22 June, 2013

'Yes we Kanye' for the Lions as North shines as attacking star in Brisbane

The Welsh trio of Cuthbert, North and Halfpenny combined for all 23 of the Lions’ points.

How the Lions rated in their narrow win over the Wallabies

The tourists did just enough to edge a terrific game down under.

As it happened: Lions v Australia, 2013 Tour Nailbiter This post contains videos

As it happened: Lions v Australia, 2013 Tour

The posturing was over and the Lions were hungry for a win in the series opener for the first time since 2001.

'Nauseating. Terrifying. The pinnacle of your career' -- Former Lions on First Test thrill

David Wallace and Shane Byrne share their experiences of making Lions Test debuts in South Africa and New Zealand.

Breakfast with Lions: Sympathy for Quade and Sean's message for the haters out there

It’s not a proper tour until Simon Zebo sings. Time to get this thing going, so.

# first-test - Friday 21 June, 2013

Lions presented their Test jerseys ahead of first meeting with Australia

Someone needs to get Jamie Heaslip a belt… quick.

# first-test - Thursday 20 June, 2013

'O'Brien didn't put a foot wrong but has to watch from the stands' -- Shane Byrne

The former Ireland and Lions hooker feels Warren Gatland has made a horses for courses selection in Dan Lydiate.

Beast behind St Patrick's Day massacre says Wallabies are brown bread

Alex Corbisiero has a history of mincing Aussies, just ask Tom Court.

Lions scrumhalf Mike Phillips on shutting down Wallaby wizard Will Genia Magic Mike This post contains videos

Lions scrumhalf Mike Phillips on shutting down Wallaby wizard Will Genia

“Things seem to tick off him,” remarks the Welshman, who teams up with Jonny Sexton on Saturday.

Heaslip the hero but Murray and O'Brien desperately unlucky to miss Lions cut

The Ireland captain has gone from an original squad outsider to Warren Gatland’s first choice at the back of the pack.

4 Irishmen named in Lions team for First Test with Wallabies

Sam Warburton will captain the side against Australia and is joined in the back row by Jamie Heaslip.

Genia and O'Connor team up as Australia name side for Lions Test

Robbie Deans has named three debutants in a starting XV to be captained by lock James Horwill.

# first-test - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Lions legend Willie John McBride recalls the 1971 Tour to New Zealand

We talk to the great man about his call-up shock in 1962 and defeating the mighty All Blacks in New Zealand.

Flashback: Springbok blitz catches the Lions on the hop in 2009 Lions Classics This post contains videos

Flashback: Springbok blitz catches the Lions on the hop in 2009

Paul O’Connell and David Wallace reflect on the lightning quick start made by South Africa in the First Test.

Lions fans unite: Braveheart, dragon, knight and... a leprechaun

We really must think of a more warrior-like national icon to dress up as.

# first-test - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

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Digby Ioane knee op forces Wallabies rethink on wing

The break-dancer is broken.

# first-test - Friday 8 June, 2012

Preview: Avoid front row woes and we will run the All Blacks very close

Hopes are high that Ireland can end a 107 year wait to beat the All Blacks but McCaw, Carter and Woodcock are not ones for rolling over.

# first-test - Friday 2 September, 2011

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

Ireland face a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier, the Rabodirect Pro12 begins and the All-Ireland hurling final takes place all in the coming days.