Robert Baloucoune scores a try on his Ireland debut against the USA. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rewind to March 14th at Murrayfield. With four minutes remaining, Ireland had just been pegged back to 24-all, having lost to Wales and France before (...)

Ireland’s Robert Baloucoune scores their side’s first try of the game against the USA  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Ireland 71 USA 10 As has now been immortalised by that video of Craig Casey crooning Careless Whisper in the away dressingroom at the Stadio Olimpico(...)

Winger Robert Baloucoune goes over for Ireland’s first try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 71 USA 10 On an idyllic sunny evening in Dublin, this was the largest crowd at a rugby game in Ireland for almost a year and a half. The 6,00(...)

Ireland’s Rónan Kelleher scores one of his four tries during the game against the USA at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

15 Hugo Keenan His reading of the game was once again first class, good instincts, good habits and an awareness of everything that’s going on around (...)

Nick Timoney: Ulster backrow and former  star of Blackrock’s Leinster schools-winning side in 2013 will win  his first  senior Ireland cap when he lines out against the USA. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v USA, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 7.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2 Normally an Irish summer expedition abroad in the year of a Lions tour is a relatively(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said of the players that will not make the cut, ‘I hope that they’ve enjoyed the experience’. Photograph: Getty

The odds were always against all dozen of the uncapped players in Ireland’s 37-man squad being afforded their Test debuts in this summer’s mini-series(...)

Robert Baloucoune starts for Ireland against the USA this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has radically changed the Irish starting XV and matchday squad for Saturday’s meeting with the USA Eagles at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off (...)

Japan’s Siosaia Fifita  tackles Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/AFP via Getty Images

In the absence of Ireland’s Lions and rested trio of veterans, Peter O’Mahony was, by some distance, the most experienced player in Ireland’s 37-man s(...)

Uncapped Ulster centre James Hume has been added to the Ireland squad for the Tests against Japan and the USA after Garry Ringrose was ruled out. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Garry Ringrose has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test matches against Japan and the USA due to a shoulder injury that requires a “procedure”. The 26-ye(...)

Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

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