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Tiernan O’Halloran: “The training sessions have been at such a high level of intensity that sometimes at your province it’s not at that level either. Every skill, every pass, has to be right on the money.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As well as this tour being an eye-opener for the coaching staff, the same is true for some of the players. Having made a brief debut for his country o(...)

Ireland  scrumhalf Conor Murray. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a measure of Conor Murray’s increasing importance to this Irish team that this Saturday’s game will be his 15th Test out of Ireland’s 17 this se(...)

Stuart Olding starts Ireland’s second test against South Africa this weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has reacted indignantly to the notion that his selection for this Saturday’s second test can be interpreted as a sign that Ireland are hol(...)

Ireland Rugby Tour to South Africa 2016Training at Cape Stadium in Capetown 6/6/2016Quinn Roux during trainingMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

As expected Joe Schmidt has dipped into his squad for Saturday’s second test here in Johnessburg. In an interesting and exciting selection, all told (...)

ssistant Coach Andy Farrell with Rhys Ruddock and Iain Henderson during training on Wednesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the immediate aftermath of last Saturday’s epic and historic first Test win in Cape Town, Joe Schmidt admitted that such a monumental first Test vi(...)

‘Despite being uncapped for two years, Marshall was so clearly ready to play a Test match in South Africa’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Without trying to be controversial or critical in any way of Joe Schmidt and the undoubted impact made by Andy Farrell, this victory belongs to the pl(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne enjoyed lining out at fullback at Newlands, completing four of Ireland’s seven offloads. Photograph: Billy Stickland

From one iconic venue to another, but Ireland will be stepping into something of the unknown at Ellis Park in Saturday’s second Test. Now known as Emi(...)

Paddy Jackson breaks clear against South Africa, one of nine line breaks by Ireland in first test in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ah yes, the mind is indeed a funny thing, and particularly so the Irish mindset it would appear. Recall the Super Saturday finale to the 2015 Six Nat(...)

Andrew Trimble: “I’m sure they’re going to look at their performance and identify a few areas that they can improve on. I think we’re going to face a massive backlash and we need to get better.”

Along with Jamie Heaslip from last Saturday’s starting XV, Andrew Trimble is the only survivor who played in the tour opener seven summers ago agains(...)

CJ Stander leaves the field after receiving a red card against South Africa at Newlands. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The saga concerning CJ Stander’s disciplinary hearing and his fate for the remainder of the tour was finally resolved after the judiciary officer, Aus(...)

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