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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

Les Bleus are trailing in the series heading to Wellington.

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

The teams meet in Houston on Saturday.

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

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'

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

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

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

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

Jacques Brunel isn’t happy, and rightly so.

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test

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

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

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 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 This post contains videos

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

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

Wales face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.

Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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'

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?

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

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

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

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