Rob Kearney in action in Saturday’s second Test against Argentina: “We turned over a lot of ball, our rucking was poor.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

‘We have to keep evolving and improving because, if we don’t, we’ll be left behind’

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

There were winners and losers on this tour, as always, although mostly it seemed players re-affirmed their standings

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

The net effect was informative rather than inspiring for head coach Joe Schmidt

With only one score between Ireland and Argentina  when he came on with 15 minutes to go in the second and final Test of the series, Ian Madigan produced his trademark magic to get in for a vital  try under the posts. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster outhalf has rediscovered his knack for geting in for tries in tight games

Eoin Reddan training with the Irish squad at the Universitario Rugby Club in Tucumán as they prepare for today’s second Test.

Scrumhalf remains articulate, engaging and interesting as ever as he prepares to face Argentina

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

Argentina will be determined to claim second Test but Schmidt’s men expect to finish series with a flourish

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

Fergus McFadden the latest to don the Ireland number 13 jersey

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

Here the Ireland rugby squad will be sure to sample the best empanados, small pastries filled with meats, in Argentina

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

It’s been an intense week but the Ireland number eight wouldn’t have it any other way

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