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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(...)

Paddy Jackson puts boot to ball against South Africa in Cape Town. Photograph: Getty Images

The new Springboks head coach, Allister Coetzee, has claimed that Ireland “weren’t interested in playing” in last Saturday’s first test in Cape Town, (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt wants his team to build on their first test win in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Yesterday the Irish and South African squads moved en bloc from their hotels near the Cape Town waterfront to their bases in the Sandton suburb of cl(...)

 Andy Farrell: “Coming to Ireland and living in Dublin is almost like going home for me. Just the people and family-type atmosphere.”

If this slightly remodelled Ireland squad lacks some of the leadership figures of yore, one of the most exciting things about this forthcoming series (...)

While this may be a remodelled, more multi-racial Springboks which runs out into a virtual 46,000 sell-out at Newlands, with talk of a more expansive, ball-in-hand game – as former Irish forwards’ coach Gert Smal forecast when visiting the Irish team hotel during the week – some things will never change with a Springbok team.

Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: 5pm local time/4pm Irish time. On TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 HD. First off, as a rule, a game of rugby(...)

Robbie Henshaw says outside centre offers more freedom to attack but that defensively it is a more demanding role. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He wears it well. It’s hard to credit that Robbie Henshaw won’t turn 23 until Sunday, but he arrives in his first trek to South Africa with the highes(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during Thursday’s squad training at Westerfield School, Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

As a one-off assignment, and certainly as a series, Saturday’s first meeting with the Springboks on South African soil in a dozen years looks about as(...)

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