Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

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(...)

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 scrumhalf Conor Murray in action against Argentina. “In the opening half Los Pumas didn’t engage the breakdown, affording Ireland total comfort in possession.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I’m not overly focused on the detail of Ireland’s victory over Argentina, but instead the detail of the autumn series. Firstly and possibly the great(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville in her assistant referee role during France’s draw with Japan at the U Arena in Paris on Saturday night.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Ireland’s Joy Neville has been named referee of the year at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo. A veteran of 70 caps for Ireland, Neville is now m(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

Argentina players celebrate beating Ireland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in what was the last time the two sides met. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.30pm On TV: RTE Two/Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm The South African game, á la Chicago a year ag(...)

Connor Murray next to the scrum during Ireland’s defeat to Argentina in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For Conor Murray and the rest of the Ireland squad, this Guinness Series has made for a much lighter load than the memorable November of last year. Fe(...)

Italy’s  Marcello Violi  in action against Argentina during the Test match at Stadio Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’innocenti/EPA

Italy 15 Argentina 31 Argentina scored two tries in the last 10 minutes to claim a 31-15 win over Italy after a see-saw Test match in Florence on Sa(...)

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