Darren Sweetnam

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Adam Byrne during an Irish training session at Carton House, Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A hamstring injury to Robbie Henshaw sees Chris Farrell come in for a second cap alongside Bundee Aki in the new look Ireland midfield to face Argenti(...)

Dave Kearney scores his Ireland’s second try against Fiji at the Aviva. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The mistake supersedes all other considerations in the immediate aftermath of the match. It’s impossible to escape the fug of disappointment. It’s not(...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy gets tacked by Fiji’s Dominiko Waqaniburotu (ground) and Nikola Matawalu (right) during the Autumn International at the Aviva StadiumPhotograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

IRELAND 23  FIJI 20 In the heel of the hunt this was always likely to be tougher than the odds suggested, and with so many auditioning for main(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery leaves the field in pain with Dr Ciarán Cosgrove after fracturing his left forearm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery will be out of action for the foreseeable future. The 22-year-old, in only his second start for Ireland, sustained a fractured left forea(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney scores a try despite the efforts of Timoci Nagusa of Fiji during the the game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 23 Fiji 20 Much like the overall collective performance, many of those auditioning for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland had patchy games, as ultimately (...)

Joey Carbery inspired Ireland to a narrow win over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only as good as your last game, Joey. Feels a little irresponsible not to highlight the place-kicking. For the wonder that is Carbery, this Kiwi of pu(...)

Ireland need to have solid set-pieces and keep the ball for extended phases so as to suffocate the Fijians. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Preview: Ireland v Fiji  Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 5.30pm. On TV: Live on RTE and Sky Sports This is a big opportunity for(...)

Fiji winger  Nemani Nadolo in action for Montpellier against Leinster. “Over the years I just worked on my power. I’ve finally discovered I’m a big boy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the big wheel turns, it is hard to stop. Nemani Nadolo is the paddleboat steamer in Montpellier. He is boyish and open, a cartoon-sized winger, w(...)

Chris Farrell makes his Test debut in the Ireland midfield against Fiji. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Andrew Conway Age: 26 Height: 5’11” Weight: 90kg (14st 2lbs) Caps: 4 Points: 5 He played all his underage representative rugby as a fullback and h(...)

Jesse Kriel and Courtnall Skosan’s failure to smash Darren Sweetnam into touch was completely unacceptable. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect one. Where future World Cups end up after this bizarre week only time will tell, but where(...)

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