Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw set to start in the centre for Ireland against Springboks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

At lunchtime today Joe Schmidt will confirm the selection of a brand new three-quarter line compared to last season’s Six Nations, comprising Rob Hens(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is made  stretch to the limit as he wins this lineout in Saturday’s second Test at the Estadio JosŽ Fierro in Tucumán. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Any season that contains a Six Nations title has to be considered a good one, and the first campaign under Joe Schmidt was duly rounded off with a fir(...)

Simon Zebo hard at it during the Ireland rugby squad training session at Tucumán Universitario Rugby Club ahead of the second and final Test against Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is a sense of this being a bit more like the real deal. Both sides expect improved performances on last week’s first Test and although football (...)

Fergus McFadden, who will don the Ireland number 13 jersey against Argentina tomorrow, taking part in the captain’s run at the Estadio Centenario, Tucumán. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland have plumped for a more experienced and proven side for the second Test against Argentina in the Estadio José Fierro in Tucumán tomorrow (kick(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell and coach Joe Schmidt during today’s team announcement in Tucaman. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt has made seven changes to the Ireland starting XV for Saturday’s second test against Argentina in what is a strikingly more experienced si(...)

Corkman Simon Zebo will have been more familiar than most with the hurley and sliotar he borrowed at the Hurling Club in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INpho

Coming back from Resistencia to Corrientes on Sunday, it was like a step back in time or like Butch and Sundance’s trek to Bolivia. The wide, yellow-(...)

Jamie Heaslip enjoys the Buenos Aires skyline during Ireland’s tour of Argentina.

In part due to there being three internal flights due to the toing and froing between Buenos Aires, Corrientes, Buenos Aires again and Tucumán, yester(...)

Ireland defence coach Les Kiss is looking for significant improvement in the second Test against Argentina.

Aside from not rewarding visits deep into the Pumas’ 22 with scores, by far the most disappointing aspect of the Irish performance in last Saturday’s (...)

Ireland’s Luke Marshall is tackled during the win over Argentina last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fears that Luke Marshall may have suffered concussion appear to have been dispelled following several tests since the Ulster centre was taken off in t(...)