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#Test Match

# test-match - Wednesday 6 November, 2019

Six uncapped players included in Ireland squad for Test match against Wales

The sides will meet at the UCD Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

# test-match - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Test Match Special: Ireland's journey from obscurity reaches the 'pinnacle' at Lord's

The historic four-day Test against England gets underway on Wednesday morning.

# test-match - Sunday 21 July, 2019

'We wouldn't have dreamed of this opportunity when we first started playing'

Gary Wilson looks ahead to Ireland’s historic Test match against England at Lord’s.

# test-match - Monday 18 March, 2019

Ireland rue nightmare start as Afghanistan claim historic Test victory

Graham Ford’s side battled valiantly in Dehradun but had left themselves with too much damage to repair.

# test-match - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

'This match has gone a long way to inspiring the next generation'

Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes young cricket fans will dream of playing for their country after this week’s inaugural Test match.

Ireland denied dream victory on Test debut as Ul-Haq steers Pakistan home

A superb effort from Ireland comes up just short at Malahide, as Pakistan win by five wickets.

# test-match - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Ireland restore a measure of batting pride after first innings collapse

Pakistan remain the driving seat at the end of the third day’s play at Malahide.

# test-match - Friday 26 January, 2018

Ireland's first Test on course to be a 10,000 sell-out, but won't be shown on terrestrial TV

Cricket Ireland say it hopes to cover the €1 million running cost of a Test match through ticket sales, corporate hospitality and sponsorship opportunities.

# test-match - Friday 27 October, 2017

Dates for Ireland's historic first Test match confirmed

Ireland will host Pakistan next May.

# test-match - Saturday 9 September, 2017

Vulnerable All Blacks down Argentina with impressive second-half fightback

Argentina had led by 10 points in the second half before a brilliant comeback from Steve Hansen’s side.

# test-match - Sunday 13 September, 2015

20 years on, how is your memory of the 1995 Rugby World Cup?

Hollywood’s favourite World Cup was about more than just Francois Pienaar.

# test-match - Monday 6 July, 2015

The All Blacks got a rousing welcome ahead of an historic game in Samoa

The Samoans have named their XV for an historic Test match in Apia on Wednesday.

# test-match - Friday 4 July, 2014

All Blacks to finally play Test match in Samoa - report

The world champions look to have answered the calls to travel to Apia for the first time.

# test-match - Thursday 15 May, 2014

Danny Cipriani back in the England fold ahead of New Zealand tour

The 26-year-old out-half is in with a chance of involvement in the three-Test series against the All Blacks.

# test-match - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

6 Nations: 4 French-based players and 5 new caps in Welsh squad

Ireland are first up for Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

# test-match - Saturday 24 November, 2012

November tests: Sexton backs 'terrifying' winger Gilroy to jolt Argentina

The out-half has declared himself fully fit and ready to visit another Aviva defeat on the Pumas.

# test-match - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

November tests: The only way is up for Foley

The Ireland forwards coach has personal experience of grinding out victories over Argentina.

Mike Ross eager to atone for scrum slip-up against Springboks

The Leinster prop proved he was human against South Africa. He will be hoping to lift expectations when he faces Argentina.

# test-match - Saturday 17 November, 2012

November internationals: All Blacks backline muscle too much for Italy in Rome

New Zealand broke the Italian resistance with surging second-half tries from Ma’a Nonu, Cory Jane and a Julian Savea double.

# test-match - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

'I don't see myself as a South African rugby player at all' - Richardt Strauss

Ireland’s new hooker had a baptism of fire against his native country on Saturday and is warming to the task.

# test-match - Saturday 10 November, 2012

#IreSAF: How Ireland's new-look team rated this evening

The Irish bossed the first half but woke a slumbering giant and can have few complaints with the result.

Match report: Ireland v South Africa

Declan Kidney’s men contrived to lose their fifth match in succession as the Springboks fought back from nine points down to win.

Guinness Series: Murray knows the drill - if in doubt, kick it out

The Munster scrum-half teams up with Jonny Sexton and swears he has learned a tough lesson from a shocker in Paris.

They’re big, strong and they want to run over you – captain Heaslip on the Springbok science

He’s more concerned about post-match speeches than decoding the South Africans’ gameplan.

# test-match - Friday 9 November, 2012

Guinness Series: Gordon D'Arcy on Ireland's self-belief and tracking Simon Zebo with GPS

The Wexford man is back in the centre for Ireland after missing the Waikato wipeout.

'You have to go to bed tonight and know you're going to wake up and put everything on the line' - Les Kiss

Ireland’s backs coach was relaxed enough to joke about the Andrew Trimble, David Skrela mix-up before tomorrow’s trench warfare.

# test-match - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Guinness Series: Leinster front-row ready to answer Ireland's call thanks to some insider trading

“Are you going to change your name to Richardt O’Strauss?” asked a South African reporter. We copyrighted that joke last month.

New direction: Faith shown in Heaslip as the man to lead Ireland forward

The Leinster man held off stiff competition from Jonny Sexton to land the role of captaining Ireland against the Springboks.

On tour: Dan Carter is absolutely loving his trip to Scotland

Kilts, Irn Bru and mechanical pig racing – it’s all there.

# test-match - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

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Guinness Series: Trimble ready to emulate O'Driscoll and lay body on the line

The Ulster winger is still rattled by a chastening tour to New Zealand but determined to put things right.

Guinness Series: Jean de Villiers eager to pile on the misery for old Munster friends

The Springbok captain is set to take on Keith Earls in the centre of the park on Saturday.

# test-match - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Ireland wary of the long-distance threat posed by South Africa's Pienaar

Coach Mark Tainton feels the Irish players need to keep their defensive discipline or face the kicking consequences.

Guinness Series: Ryan hoping to knock the stuffing from the Springboks

The Munster forward believes he has been bred for rugby challenges that sides like South Africa are sure to pose.

# test-match - Thursday 1 November, 2012

'It would be an awfully proud moment to captain Ireland' - Jamie Heaslip

The absence of the injured Brian O’Driscoll has thrown the Leinster forward into the captaincy mix.

# test-match - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Kidney laments loss of O'Driscoll but predicts early return

The Ireland coach feels the Leinster star could return for the final rounds of the Heineken Cup.

# test-match - Saturday 23 June, 2012

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As it happened: Ireland v New Zealand, Third Test

It was the last-chance saloon for Declan Kidney’s side on their summer tour. Could they find that extra push to beat the All Blacks?

# test-match - Friday 22 June, 2012

Preview: Another glorious chance to make Irish rugby history awaits

It will be by no means a simple task but the All Blacks are shorn of the services of Dan Carter, their first-choice wingers and two-thirds of their back row.

# test-match - Monday 18 June, 2012

Dan Tuohy: Ireland will go out with all guns blazing against the All Blacks

The Ulster lock believes Chris Henry, his provincial colleague, would ‘do the job’ if he is selected to replace Jamie Heaslip in the back row.

# test-match - Thursday 14 June, 2012

Allez les Bleus: Declan Kidney starts 10 Leinster players for All Blacks test

The Irish coach has turned to the Heineken Cup winners to make up the core of his side ahead of Saturday’s match in Christchurch.

# test-match - Saturday 9 June, 2012

'We've got to wear it' - Irish players reflect on their humbling defeat

Jamie Heaslip took the defeat on the chin while All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was sparing with his praise.

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