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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(...)

Rory Best leaves the pitch with Paul O’Connell following Saturday’s first Test win over Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The Ulster players only heard the seismic news of David Humphreys ending his 22-year association with the province as a legendary out half and (...)

Some of the military police officers responsible for security at the World Cup pose for photographs in Rio de Janeiro last month. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

Anti-World Cup protests are not the only problem Brazilian security authorities will face during the tournament. They are also bracing for an invasion(...)

Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Uruguay during a 2014 World Cup  qualifier match   in Mendoz. Photograph: Andres Larrovere/AFP/Getty Images

No-one knows better than an Argentine the impact one player can have on a nation’s World Cup prospects. It is Lionel Messi’s burden that today he wear(...)

New Ireland cap Ulster’s Robbie Diack at the Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Opportunity knocks for a host of players in the first Test against Argentina tomorrow, for if grasped there is the real chance of breaking into Joe(...)

Argentina’s  Lionel Messi at a training session  in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

Manager: Alejandro Sabella Best finish: Winners (1978, 1986) World Cup record: Played 77, Won 42, Drawn 14, Lost 21 History Twice c(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  is challenged by Trinindad and Tobago’s Joevin Jones. Photograph:   Martin Acosta/Reuters

Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil later this month, didn’t score as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over T(...)

Iran’s Ehsan Hajsafi (left) challenges Angola’s Lunguinha during a friendly  in Hartberg, Austria. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters

World Cup finalists Iran were held to 1-1 draw by Angola in their penultimate warm-up match in Hartberg, Austria on Friday. Iran forward Karim Ansarif(...)

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe:  “It’s going to be a great, great Test for all the guys that are going to be there and maybe be doing their first steps (in Test rugby). What  better way to maybe get a bigger base for the World Cup?” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

It is perhaps with some relief that Ireland will encounter an Argentine team without their leading, European-based lights, amongst them Juan Fernandez(...)

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