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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 (...)

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(...)

Springbok’s Willie le Roux is tackled by Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Jamie Heaslip at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

When CJ Stander was harshly and controversially given a red card in the 22nd minute of the first Test in Newlands Stadium, every rugby fan around the (...)

The Springbok’s JP Pietersen is tackled by Ireland’s Jared Payne (left) and Robbie Henshaw during the first international Test between Ireland and South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Rory Best’s team didn’t just beat the Springboks on South African soil for the first time ever here on Saturday, they defied logic and all manner of o(...)

Fullback  Jared Payne scores Ireland’s first try during the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 20 Ireland 26 As a one-off win, perhaps Ireland’s biggest of all time, but assuredly of the professional era and in modern memory. Not o(...)

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(...)

 The Irish front row of Mike Ross, Rory Best and Jack McGrathwill come under huge pressure at Newlands. Photo: Inpho

The Irish squad completed their relatively untroubled week’s preparations in Cape Town prior to tomorrow’s first Test when a fully fit squad of 32 wen(...)

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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