Uruaguay’s Felip Berchesi in action against Australia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Uruguay Who are they? Uruguay are making their fourth appearance at the Rugby World Cup and are appearing at back-to-back tournaments for the first (...)

Argentina captain Pablo Matera in action against the All Blacks. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho

Argentina Argentina’s thrilling journey to the semi-finals was one of the stories of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and they have legitimate hopes of matc(...)

Argentina’s Martin Landajo during training at  UCD, Dublin, ahead of their match against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Nobody told Argentina it was monsoon season at the Belfield Bowl. A dog of an afternoon. Rain strafing the roof of the sheds and drowning voices as th(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

Cory Hill: “It’s a case of one last effort and I’m sure the boys will put the hard yards in. A first series win here since 1999 is all the motivation we need.” Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Wales captain Cory Hill hopes he can be the man to lead his country to a first series win in Argentina since 1999 when the two sides meet in Saturday (...)

Rhys Patchell “started the Six Nations well, but found the step up against England a bit of a challenge”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Rhys Patchell makes his first start for Wales since his uncomfortable evening at Twickenham in February when the swagger he had shown against Scotland(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Keith Earls with Dan Biggar and Scott Williams of Wales in the Six Nations championship round 4 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in  March 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Davies: “I think it’s just ferocious, Paulie. You can hear the hits.” Paul O’Connell: “Absolutely, you can hear ’em, ya.” Davies: “The gasp(...)

Joe Schmidt addresses his players during a squad session at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

  It would have been fascinating to see Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland work together with the Lions. Of course Schmidt declined Gatland’s offer t(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale runs in his second try in Saturday’s Guinness Series Test match against Argentina at the  Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 For half an hour it was excellent, and even for the guts of an hour it remained pretty good, but maybe it’s no bad thing that(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney claims a high ball ahead of  Joaquin Tuculet. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt does warm, on occasion, to the old compare and contrast question. In November 2013, Schmidt’s first formal month as Ireland coach, the All(...)

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