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#summer tests

# summer-tests - Friday 22 June, 2018

'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney
# Starter's Orders
# Starter's Orders

'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney

Jun 22nd 2018, 1:39 PM 7,679 Views 21 Comments

The winger has been working on his aerial ability over the last two weeks ahead of his return to the Test arena.

Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena
# Player Profile
# Player Profile

Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena

Jun 22nd 2018, 7:00 AM 9,912 Views 10 Comments

The 23-year-old out-half is poised to make his Ireland debut in Sydney on Saturday after an excellent season with Leinster.

# summer-tests - Thursday 21 June, 2018

Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss
# Wildcard
# Wildcard

Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss

Jun 21st 2018, 12:48 PM 10,044 Views 14 Comments

The mercurial talent was just 21 the last time he started a Test for England.

Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney
# Rookie
# Rookie

Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney

Jun 21st 2018, 11:41 AM 7,039 Views 11 Comments

21-year-old in line for his sixth cap on Saturday, and hopes to play his part in a famous series win.

# summer-tests - Sunday 17 June, 2018

'Nothing feels monumental when it’s one-all': Schmidt focused on winning series in Sydney
# All To Play For
# All To Play For

'Nothing feels monumental when it’s one-all': Schmidt focused on winning series in Sydney

Jun 17th 2018, 7:30 AM 11,402 Views 38 Comments

The Ireland head coach isn’t getting carried away, as he turns his attention to next week’s deciding Test.

# summer-tests - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Peter 'turnover' O'Mahony leads from the front as Ireland deliver their season's best
# Player Ratings
# Player Ratings

Peter 'turnover' O'Mahony leads from the front as Ireland deliver their season's best

Jun 16th 2018, 8:25 PM 48,252 Views 65 Comments

Here’s how we rated Joe Schmidt’s men in Melbourne.

Erasmus' Springboks come from behind again to seal series win over England
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Erasmus' Springboks come from behind again to seal series win over England

Jun 16th 2018, 6:31 PM 10,911 Views 39 Comments

That’s now six defeats in a row for Eddie Jones’ side.

'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory
# Kobe Beef
# Kobe Beef

'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory

Jun 16th 2018, 9:41 AM 15,828 Views 0 Comments

Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.

# summer-tests - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line
# 13
# 13

Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line

Jun 14th 2018, 9:43 PM 8,143 Views 10 Comments

The 23-year-old is fully aware of the challenge that awaits as he steps back into the Test arena on Saturday.

'You kind of forget what losing feels like. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, it's horrible'
# Right The Wrongs
# Right The Wrongs

'You kind of forget what losing feels like. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, it's horrible'

Jun 14th 2018, 2:30 PM 7,709 Views 16 Comments

Tadhg Furlong is back in Ireland’s starting XV and desperate to rediscover that winning feeling in Melbourne.

The Beast to reach Springbok landmark as Erasmus names team for England
# Prop Idol
# Prop Idol

The Beast to reach Springbok landmark as Erasmus names team for England

Jun 14th 2018, 1:30 PM 5,518 Views 7 Comments

Erasmus hails Mtawarira as ‘a great servant of the game’ ahead of his 100th appearance for South Africa.

Shields in for full debut as England drop Robshaw for second Springboks Test
# Starting XV
# Starting XV

Shields in for full debut as England drop Robshaw for second Springboks Test

Jun 14th 2018, 12:10 PM 4,348 Views 7 Comments

Eddie Jones has made two changes in personnel as his side look to halt their losing run.

# summer-tests - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Back row revamp as France make five changes for All Blacks revenge mission
# Fresh Faces
# Fresh Faces

Back row revamp as France make five changes for All Blacks revenge mission

Jun 13th 2018, 10:07 PM 6,899 Views 5 Comments

Les Bleus are trailing in the series heading to Wellington.

Brothers in arms as Townsend rings the changes for Scotland's clash with USA
# So Many Siblings
# So Many Siblings

Brothers in arms as Townsend rings the changes for Scotland's clash with USA

Jun 13th 2018, 6:01 PM 4,559 Views 4 Comments

The teams meet in Houston on Saturday.

'We have to try a few things': Erasmus to change winning formula against England
# The Boks
# The Boks

'We have to try a few things': Erasmus to change winning formula against England

Jun 13th 2018, 5:10 PM 4,555 Views 9 Comments

South Africa are seeking a series win in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

# summer-tests - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Sexton: 'It's like a different type of game when you're on the bench'
# Under Starter's Orders
# Under Starter's Orders

Sexton: 'It's like a different type of game when you're on the bench'

Jun 12th 2018, 2:33 PM 8,095 Views 7 Comments

The out-half found himself in an unfamiliar position last week, but is set to take centre stage again in Melbourne.

A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash
# Black Ops
# Black Ops

A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash

Jun 12th 2018, 1:06 PM 10,256 Views 25 Comments

The citing commissioner decided that Ofa Tu’ungafasi’s shoulder-leading tackle was “just short of” a red card.

# summer-tests - Sunday 10 June, 2018

'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat
# Stay The Course
# Stay The Course

'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat

Jun 10th 2018, 1:01 PM 7,401 Views 4 Comments

The Kiwi cut a frustrated but not panicked figure after a rare loss yesterday.

# summer-tests - Saturday 9 June, 2018

Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak
# Boks Are Back
# Boks Are Back

Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak

Jun 9th 2018, 6:18 PM 16,025 Views 24 Comments

It was a 10-try thriller in Ellis Park.

France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital
# Sacrebleu
# Sacrebleu

France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital

Jun 9th 2018, 2:39 PM 13,706 Views 20 Comments

Jacques Brunel isn’t happy, and rightly so.

Player ratings as Ireland taste defeat for first time in 15 months
# On Your Marks!
# On Your Marks!

Player ratings as Ireland taste defeat for first time in 15 months

Jun 9th 2018, 1:37 PM 22,701 Views 50 Comments

The streak is over.

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test

Jun 9th 2018, 11:00 AM 99,926 Views 84 Comments

We followed all the action from Brisbane as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland faced the Wallabies in their summer series opener.

Controversial yellow the turning point as 8-try New Zealand rout France
# Black And Bleu
# Black And Bleu

Controversial yellow the turning point as 8-try New Zealand rout France

Jun 9th 2018, 10:31 AM 17,145 Views 20 Comments

The All Blacks racked up 41 points in the final half hour with France unable to recover from the setback.

# summer-tests - Friday 8 June, 2018

Jordan Larmour: The prodigiously talented wonderkid who was always destined for the top
# Remarkable Rise
# Remarkable Rise

Jordan Larmour: The prodigiously talented wonderkid who was always destined for the top

Jun 8th 2018, 7:45 AM 35,580 Views 37 Comments

A dream debut season has exceeded all expectations, but the 20-year-old’s remarkable rise comes as no surprise to those close to him.

# summer-tests - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Fit and raring to go again, Henderson settling into leadership role in Ireland's lineout
# The Caller
# The Caller

Fit and raring to go again, Henderson settling into leadership role in Ireland's lineout

Jun 7th 2018, 10:30 PM 7,264 Views 10 Comments

The Ulster second row continues his partnership with James Ryan against Australia on Saturday.

The Rugby Show: Carbery's big chance, Schmidt's rotation and first Test predictions
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

The Rugby Show: Carbery's big chance, Schmidt's rotation and first Test predictions

Jun 7th 2018, 11:56 AM 5,100 Views 6 Comments

Murray Kinsella joined Ryan Bailey to discuss the Ireland team for Saturday’s first Test against the Wallabies.

# summer-tests - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Dragons forward to captain Wales for the first time as Gatland rings the changes
# Team News
# Team News

Dragons forward to captain Wales for the first time as Gatland rings the changes

Jun 6th 2018, 6:59 PM 6,230 Views 4 Comments

Wales face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.

Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series

Jun 6th 2018, 6:46 PM 5,211 Views 2 Comments

Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn have both been ruled out.

# summer-tests - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Wasps second row gives England fitness scare ahead of first Test against South Africa
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Wasps second row gives England fitness scare ahead of first Test against South Africa

Jun 5th 2018, 10:25 PM 5,574 Views 3 Comments

Joe Launchbury is a doubt for Saturday’s clash in Johannesburg.

# summer-tests - Sunday 3 June, 2018

Folau: 'I don't really know too much about Ireland'
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Folau: 'I don't really know too much about Ireland'

Jun 3rd 2018, 2:35 PM 19,853 Views 46 Comments

The controversial Australia star was speaking in Brisbane this morning ahead of next weekend’s first Test.

# summer-tests - Thursday 31 May, 2018

Jenkins to captain Gatland's Wales as North moves to centre against Springboks
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Jenkins to captain Gatland's Wales as North moves to centre against Springboks

May 31st 2018, 4:44 PM 6,228 Views 2 Comments

Wales face Rassie Erasmus’ Boks in Washington on Saturday.

# summer-tests - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Australia's Reece Hodge believes Ireland are 'the form team in the world'
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Australia's Reece Hodge believes Ireland are 'the form team in the world'

May 30th 2018, 12:42 PM 10,046 Views 23 Comments

The Wallabies face Joe Schmidt’s side in a three-Test series, starting in Brisbane on 9 June.

# summer-tests - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Teddy Thomas recalled to France squad for All Blacks series
# Back In Bleu
# Back In Bleu

Teddy Thomas recalled to France squad for All Blacks series

May 22nd 2018, 7:34 PM 8,128 Views 16 Comments

Mathieu Bastareaud’s responsibilities will be increased with captain Guilhem Guirado rested.

# summer-tests - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA
# New Jersey
# New Jersey

Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA

Jun 11th 2017, 8:00 AM 30,508 Views 17 Comments

Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan both crossed for debut tries on a difficult day for Joey Carbery.

Solomona turns from villain to deliver late heroics for England in Argentina
# Dangerous Den
# Dangerous Den

Solomona turns from villain to deliver late heroics for England in Argentina

Jun 11th 2017, 1:31 AM 7,592 Views 3 Comments

The league convert had looked suspect for some of England’s concessions, but bounced off tacklers to deliver a dramatic win for Eddie Jones’ side.

Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ
# Reaction
# Reaction

Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ

Jun 11th 2017, 12:56 AM 15,528 Views 17 Comments

Nine tries, five debutants, but still plenty of room for improvement.

# summer-tests - Friday 9 June, 2017

'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more'
# Prop Life
# Prop Life

'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more'

Jun 9th 2017, 9:43 PM 52,237 Views 21 Comments

From Ireland U20s to the senior squad in the space of 12 months, Andrew Porter’s meteoric rise continues at some pace.

# summer-tests - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Open thread: Who would you like to see get their chance when Ireland face USA?
# Opportunity Knocks
# Opportunity Knocks

Open thread: Who would you like to see get their chance when Ireland face USA?

Jun 8th 2017, 9:40 AM 5,555 Views 27 Comments

Joe Schmidt will name his team for Saturday’s Test in New York later today.

# summer-tests - Monday 8 May, 2017

Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad
# Summer Tests
# Summer Tests

Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad

May 8th 2017, 5:39 PM 7,303 Views 5 Comments

John Barclay will captain the squad for a gruelling travelling schedule that will take them through Singapore, Australia and Fiji.

# summer-tests - Thursday 30 June, 2016

Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward
# Analysis
# Analysis

Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward

Jun 30th 2016, 12:00 PM 14,821 Views 10 Comments

It was a dream debut for loosehead Steven “Red Bull” Kitschoff.

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