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#November Tests

# november-tests - Friday 30 November, 2018

Cooney, Murphy and McCloskey back in Ulster starting line-up for Cardiff clash

The northern province will have six internationals back after their November exploits.

# november-tests - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

November Report Card: How the world's top 10 are shaping up for Japan 2019

We take a closer look at how the runners and riders fared 10 months out from the World Cup.

Outstanding November tees Ireland up superbly for Schmidt's final year

Wins over Italy, Argentina, the All Blacks and USA leave this Irish squad in an exciting place.

# november-tests - Sunday 25 November, 2018

Six Nations and RWC loom large as Schmidt sees flexibility and confidence built in November

Ross Byrne has complicated the tussle for the back-up 10 slot and that suits the head coach just fine.

# november-tests - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Conan an injury concern after 'jolt' to the shoulder in win over USA

Darren Sweetnam’s back and Will Addison’s HIA are also causes for concern as players return to their provinces.

Brilliant scenes in Paris as sublime Fiji earn historic win over France

The Stade de France was left stunned.

Joe Schmidt strongly hints that he's leaving Ireland after the 2019 World Cup

The 53-year-old is out of contract after next year’s World Cup in Japan.

How did you rate Ireland in their big November win over the USA?

Who impressed you at the Aviva Stadium today?

Conway hat-trick helps Ireland to make it four wins from four this November

The US Eagles were competitive for 40 minutes but Joe Schmidt’s side finished strongly.

Jenkins guides Wales past Springboks to extend winning streak

Warren Gatland’s side completed a November clean-sweep in Cardiff.

Spirited Ireland test England but run out of steam at Twickenham

Adam Griggs’ side scored three tries but suffered a 37-15 defeat in their second November international.

Eddie Jones' England end the year on a high with win over Wallabies

Owen Farrell scored 22 points at Twickenham.

As it happened: Ireland v USA, November Tests Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Ireland v USA, November Tests

Joe Schmidt’s side were bidding to end a momentous year with one final victory.

Laidlaw's boot and Maitland try help Scotland to season-ending Pumas win

It was one for the purists at a wet Murrayfield.

10-try All Blacks rebound from Dublin defeat by cutting loose against Italy

The world champions hammered Conor O’Shea’s Azzurri in Rome, with Jordie Barrett scoring four tries.

# november-tests - Friday 23 November, 2018

Van der Merwe strikes twice to seal final World Cup place for Canada

The Canucks will face New Zealand and South Africa in Japan.

'I was carrying all this excess weight and was quite lethargic in stuff I was doing'

After falling out of Joe Schmidt’s plans, Finlay Bealham had a hard look at himself in the mirror and has returned fitter and leaner.

Emotional Schmidt prepares to make decision on Ireland future with his family

‘It is tough for me, to be honest. I cannot believe the support we have had here as a family.’

# november-tests - Thursday 22 November, 2018

Irish-influenced USA take on Schmidt's side from best-ever world ranking of 13th

The Eagles have won 10 of their 11 games so far this year.

Arnold a 'raw talent' to be fine-tuned as fringe players work to fit into Schmidt's side

The Munster centre must perform to prove he’s more than just one for the future, says Joe Schmidt.

Schmidt hopes to see McCloskey show his ball-playing skills in Ireland midfield

The centre will hope to hit the ground running between Garry Ringrose and Joey Carbery.

Exiles Mullen and Quill named in USA team for Aviva Test

Gary Gold has also included former Blackrock hooker Dylan Fawsitt on his bench.

Arnold's hard-earned opportunity and more talking points as Schmidt names side to tackle USA

John Cooney will get a big chance to show his ability before Conor Murray comes back into the fold next year.

'I've beaten myself up enough': Schmidt coy on future plans as he plans for Sunday decision

‘I know I can’t continue to just go backwards and forwards,’ says the Kiwi.

Ringrose retained as Schmidt makes wholesale changes for final November Test

A number of players have a chance to stake their claim in Saturday’s clash against USA.

# november-tests - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Griggs makes six changes for Ireland's trip to face England at Twickenham

Captain Ciara Griffin has been ruled out of Saturday’s November international through injury.

Bundee Aki will go to New Zealand to get married after beating All Blacks

The inspirational centre is expected back in time for the Christmas inter-pros.

Older, wiser McCloskey ready to slot back into Ireland's midfield

The Ulster centre is in line for his first cap since November and feels his decision-making has come a long way since his debut.

# november-tests - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

World Player of the Year prize would be fitting reward for Sexton's incredible 2018

‘Where he stands out above a lot of the other players is his ability to see things on the pitch and pick the right options.’

'That's where the bar is': Ireland players strive to emulate standards set against All Blacks

Niall Scannell was unfortunate to miss out on the big Test in this window, but he is determined to put his own marker down against the USA.

All Black victory 'another rung on the ladder' for Ireland side full of leaders

Iain Henderson can see traits worth following throughout the squad.

Mixed feelings for Lowe as he watched Ireland defeat former team-mates

The Leinster winger was at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with his parents.

# november-tests - Monday 19 November, 2018

Schmidt's Ireland hit highest-ever World Rugby ranking points total

They’re just 1.37 ranking points behind the All Blacks.

Another All Black win a 'reassurance' for Ireland team undaunted by expectation

There was a festive feel about Carton House, but Iain Henderson and Ireland are intent on steadily improving.

Over 1 million people watched the nail-biting conclusion of Ireland's All Blacks win

It was the second most-watched sports broadcast on RTÉ this year.

Just a dead leg for O'Mahony after magnificent performance against New Zealand

The IRFU revealed that a neck strain kept Dan Leavy from facing the All Blacks.

'He's always there to carry, always there to tackle': James Ryan continues to soar

Rory Best and Devin Toner are no longer surprised by what the 22-year-old produces on the big stage.

Relentless JVDF celebrates 'incredible' night 9 months on from knee nightmare

The Leinster openside and Jordi Murphy were on duty in Chicago and key again in a second win over New Zealand.

# november-tests - Sunday 18 November, 2018

'I just couldn't believe he came out with the ball': O'Mahony try-saver made all the difference

New Zealand were within an inch of taking a massive chunk out of Ireland’s lead.

Haka response from Ireland a statement that they refused to take a backward step

‘We wanted to go after them, not step away, not accept being bullied by them.’

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