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All Blacks assistant coach  Ian Foster: “We’re ambitious. We want to play to a top level every week.”

New Zealand are expecting a bounce from Ireland as the teams face into their final match of the November series. Australia’s mauling of Ireland in Avi(...)

Ireland’s Mike McCarthy and Mike Ross make one of the home side’s 163 tackles against Samoa last week.  The visitors made 90 tackles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If all you saw from the Ireland-Samoa game last weekend was the tackle count, you’d have had a hard job guessing the scoreline. As Joe Schmidt pointed(...)

Stephen Moore (centre)  training yesterday with the visiting Wallabies squad at Wanderers RFC in Dublin. Despite being born in Ireland and having strong Irish roots, the  proud Australian  will have no divided loyalties during Saturday’s international against Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Picking over the bones of his Irish roots is close to Stephen Moore’s heart. But what makes it beat faster is a yellow jersey, not green. Moore, the W(...)

Seán O’Brien scores Ireland’s second try against Samoa at the Aviva on Saturday in what was yet another powerhouse performance from the openside flanker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán O’Brien is about the best forward in the northern hemisphere and is certainly the best forward we have at the breakdown. His technique in this ar(...)

 Seán O’Brien scores a try against Samoa. The flanker will have benefitted from his game time on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The benefits of Joe Schmidt’s selection policy will see Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell, Seán O’Brien and Johnny Sexton come into the starting line-up and (...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony jumps to win a high ball in the early stages of the match against Samoa on Saturday in which the home side, despite a patchy 

performance, emerged victorious. 

Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt agreed with the analogy that the side had spent the last two weeks cramming for their first exam under h(...)

Brian Lima leads  the Siva Tau – Samoa’s pre-game war dance – as a tribute to the recently passed Peter Fatialofa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Halloween has passed but the sight of the topless chiropractor must have sent a wave of fear gushing through the Irish ranks. Brian Lima adopted a Mic(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says there is plenty of improvement needed ahead of Australia’s visit. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was quick to dilute any overexcitement among players, fans or media after his side’s 31-point win over Samoa at the Aviva S(...)

Ireland debutant Dave Kearney scores the first of two tries against Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9 It was about new beginnings at the Aviva Stadium, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt taking charge of his first test match, so t(...)

Getting the message across: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt speaks to his players at the Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

Coaches are not panaceas. They do not possess the silver bullet that in one lightning shot will kill the “werewolf” of defeat.Coaching is a process an(...)

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