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 Ireland’s Bundee Aki  celebrating with  Johnny Sexton and Jordi Murphy after they won  the third test match against  Australia  in Sydney. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The season that kept on giving did so, almost predictably, right to the very last dramatic play of an unprecedented 10-month season. So a campaign t(...)

 The Ireland team sing the national anthem during the third Test at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

What a season for Irish rugby. A third Grand Slam as well as a Triple Crown, a November clean sweep, Leinster’s European Champions Cup and Guinness Pr(...)

 Ireland players celebrating after  CJ Stander  scores a try against Australia.   Photograph: Craig Golding/Reuters

Australia 16 Ireland 20 There was a time was when Ireland would put up the good fight but generally have their tummies tickled and yet fill the groun(...)

Israel Folau takes out Peter O’Mahony in Sydney, earning himself a yellow card. Photograph: Stuart Walmsley/Photosport/Inpho

Australia 16 Ireland 20 So, Irish rugby’s greatest season ever ends in the grandest of manners. A come-from-behind series win in Australia, the first(...)

Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

State Of Play Australia won 18-9 in Brisbane, Ireland responded with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne a week later and so the first ever three match seri(...)

Ireland have named Jack Conan at number eight and Peter O’Mahony at openside flanker. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has made five changes in personnel and also four positional switches to the Irish team for Saturday’s series decider against the Wallabies(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray wins a high ball during the second Test against Australia at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray knows full well what it’s like to play in a series decider, and has experienced the whole gamut. He was part of the Lions’ Test series wi(...)

Andrew Conway scores Ireland’s first try during the second Testa at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia 21 Ireland 26 Ah yes, this was more like the second best team in the world all right. Sometimes, as Andy Farrell ventured, it’s not rocket(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls challenges for the ball with Australia’s Israel Folau and Marika Koroibete during the second Test at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A first Irish win over the Wallabies in Australia for 39 years can be considered a notable landmark victory in its own right. But although Joe Schmidt(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores his side’s first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Man of match Peter O’Mahony. Not enough tackles (five) and little impact with ball in hand (eight carries for a paltry six metres), coming after many(...)

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