James Ryan and Iain Henderson form a an interesting second row partnership for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Can we give meaning to tomorrow’s clash of old, old adversaries? A whole new Irish team back in play after two autumn victories; eight with single f(...)

Adam Byrne taking part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House. The Leinster winger will make his international debut against Argentina. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s one thing pitching a bunch of likely lads into a game against Fiji, another to grant first Test starts to James Ryan and debutant Adam Byrne agai(...)

  Ireland lock James Ryan during his side’s victory against South Africa: the player starts his first Test match on Saturday against Argentina. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

 A fight broke out at Ireland training on Thursday. Spare Leinster heavies doing their best impression of Argentinian ogres. “Training got a bi(...)

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(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best with  Adam Byrne who is expected to be named in the side to face Argentina. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster winger Adam Byrne is set for a surprise international debut in Ireland’s Guinness Series finale against Argentina this Saturday when Joe Sch(...)

Ireland in action against Fiji in last Saturday’s Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joey Carbery, Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Porter and James Ryan, to name but four, are amongst the new wave of players whom Joe Schmidt and the Irish coac(...)

Jonathan Sexton and Tadhg Furlong of Ireland tackle Siya Kolisi of South Africa during last Saturday’s Guinness Series match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan

“Attack is the secret of defence; defence is the planning of an attack.” Chinese general Sun Tzu, credited by historians as the author of the book The(...)

South African head coach Allister Coetzee cut the image of someone on work experience. Maybe he knows he’s leaving too. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In all my time playing and watching rugby I’ve never seen a head coach so disengaged from his team’s warm-up as Allister Coetzee on Saturday. As Joe (...)

South Africa’s centre Damian de Allende   is tackled by  Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: Getty Images

I’d many reasons to go to the Aviva on Saturday, but chief among them was the opportunity to watch the Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx and the wonderful(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway dodges South Africa’s Andries Coetzee to score a try at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 To say that Ireland won pulling away is an understatement. By the end, Ireland won almost too easily, and rarely has an Iri(...)

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