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#November Tests

# november-tests - Friday 24 November, 2017

Aki already a critical component for 'destabilised' Ireland

“He brings energy but he also brings calm.”

# november-tests - Thursday 23 November, 2017

Schmidt backs hard-working Byrne in Irish back-line light on caps

The efforts to create depth in this Ireland squad did not end with Fiji.

Juan Martin Hernandez misses out as Argentina make three changes for Ireland

Head coach Daniel Hourcade has named his Pumas team for Saturday.

Henshaw hammer blow and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Argentina

Adam Byrne has had to work hard for this opportunity.

Hamstrung Henshaw misses out on Argentina clash as Adam Byrne earns debut

Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki will form a centre partnership with two caps’ worth of experience.

'I keep quite calm, I need to': Devin Toner rises above it all

Ireland’s most consistent presence doesn’t expend energy getting himself to the right emotional pitch.

# november-tests - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Argentina wait to hear if veteran out-half Hernandez is fit to face Ireland

The former Stade Francais, Racing and Toulon 10 picked up a knee injury last weekend.

'He still finds stuff to give out to me about, that's just Johnny' -- Conor Murray

The world’s best half-backs get on like a house on fire.

'Irish people still think about that?': 2015 a distant memory for transitioning Pumas

A lot has changed since Argentina inflicted more World Cup misery on Ireland two years ago, and they arrive in Dublin this week a team in transition.

Feek backs O'Gara to 'slide in like a glove' at Crusaders

A four-time title-winner with the Crusaders, Feek says ‘super sponge’ ROG will thrive if the move goes through.

# november-tests - Tuesday 21 November, 2017

Post-training headaches still keeping Jared Payne out of rugby

‘What we are doing is trying to make sure the welfare of Jared is foremost.’

No Super Rugby farewell lap for Stephen Moore as he brings full retirement forward to this Saturday

The Wallabies hooker had originally planned to line out for the Reds in 2018 after bowing out from the international scene.

Wales' hopes of ending All Black losing streak dented by double injury blow

Liam Williams and Alex Cuthbert have been ruled out through injury.

Exhausted Argentina arrive in Dublin aiming to end gruelling season on a high

The Pumas ended a seven-game losing streak last weekend and see Saturday as a good chance to earn a first Test win in Dublin.

Execution, not entertainment essential as Stander preps for Pumas

‘Supporters go to the game because they love the game. It does not matter if it is a fast or slow game.’

# november-tests - Monday 20 November, 2017

The outrageous talent of Nemani Nadolo and more of the weekend's highlights November Tests This post contains videos

The outrageous talent of Nemani Nadolo and more of the weekend's highlights

In case you didn’t watch every minute of rugby going at the weekend, here’s a sampler.

Porter ready to take flight after making the switch to tighthead

The Ireland prop gained invaluable experience in the Test arena on Saturday.

'I'm CJ Stander and I'm the captain now': Munster back-row buoyed by new experience

Saturday put Stander on Ireland’s bench for the first time in his 17 Tests, and he captained the side as they forced a win over Fiji.

John Ryan back in Ireland camp, Carbery Schmidt's only new injury absence

The Leinster playmaker suffered a fractured wrist and went under the knife yesterday.

Valuable experience, but back to the waiting game for Ireland's up-and-comers

The Pro14 returns this week and many of the team who defeated Fiji will find themselves back in provincial colours.

'That pass I threw probably ruined the try I scored, it dampens my performance'

Dave Kearney marked his return to the international stage with a try, but a costly error stained his ledger.

Schmidt braced for battle with 'frustrated' foe Argentina

The head coach says the 2015 World Cup quarter-final defeat won’t play a part in Ireland’s motivation this week, but he will have to look back to the clash.

# november-tests - Sunday 19 November, 2017

'I'd love him to play 10 more often, it would help his development': The Carbery dilemma 10

'I'd love him to play 10 more often, it would help his development': The Carbery dilemma

Joe Schmidt says Carbery playing at full-back for Leinster ‘is an unfortunate situation’ for Ireland.

'You’re not borrowing this jersey for 80 minutes. You’ve got to think 'this is my jersey now''

Jack Conan admits it wasn’t a vintage performance, but the experience gained from a hard-fought win over Fiji will be hugely beneficial going forward.

Farrell 'shook' by tough debut Test, but hungry for plenty more

The Clogher Valley kid gave his club a very special occasion to celebrate this weekend.

# november-tests - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Fiji take heart from pushing Ireland all the way but rue a missed opportunity

Head coach John McKee says narrow defeat in Dublin a step in the right direction for his side.

'We took some chances tonight': Schmidt relieved to see experimental side find a way to win

“We wanted to see the players react under pressure,” says the head coach after a nervy end to the clash with Fiji.

A valuable learning curve, Carbery's class and more talking points from the Aviva

Plus, Conway and Keatley stake their claim.

Inspired Scotland go desperately close to beating All Blacks

It took an injury-time tackle from Beauden Barrett on Stuart Hogg to deny a famous victory.

'He's brave to a fault': Carbery's masterful display ends with suspected arm fracture

The 22-year-old has been ruled out of next week’s game against Argentina.

Here's how we rated Ireland in their narrow win over Fiji

Ireland did just enough to make it six straight wins.

Class of Conway and Carbery help stuttering Ireland edge past Fiji

An experimental selection from Joe Schmidt was put under intense scrutiny by a fantastic array of Fijian talent.

Elliot Daly's brilliant try the highlight of England-Australia Top Class This post contains videos

Elliot Daly's brilliant try the highlight of England-Australia

The hosts ran in four tries to none from their opponents, who had two potential scores disallowed on replay.

As it happened: Ireland vs Fiji, Autumn internationals

We had minute-by-minute coverage as Joe Schmidt’s side continued their November series when they met Fiji at the Aviva Stadium.

Pumas finish strongly to see off Italy

This was no work of art in Florence.

Ruddock leads an Irish charge low on experience, high on confidence against Fiji

From uncapped centre Chris Farrell to Andrew Porter on his first international start as tighthead, this Ireland side feel they are ready to meet Schmidt’s standards.

# november-tests - Friday 17 November, 2017

Fiji boss wants end to 'amateur era' arrangements and a share of November wealth

Head coach John McKee has a re-energised Nemani Nadolo to call on for the sold-out clash in Ireland.

'They call today the captain's run, it was more Joey's run' -- Ruddock

“I’m just head down and push,” says lead-by-example skipper Rhys Ruddock.

Barbarian days a welcome change of pace and set Jordi Murphy up for Fiji

The Leinster man is back on the international scene for the first time since Chicago.

Schmidt excited to see how the depth chart holds up in 'acid test' against Fiji

Ireland’s head coach is counting down the matches before the 2019 World Cup, and he knows there are not many more chances to experiment.