Siya Kolisi

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  Bundee Aki takes a picture with his   daughter Adrianna Aki and family members after the match. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was probably the most discussed debut of any Irish player. The path of Bundee Aki to his first cap arrived amid a hail of criticism over the reside(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway collects the high ball in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Joe Schmidt’s scribbled report card. Deeper analysis to follow. Some talk of Bundee Aki below. The Ireland coach understands karma, he knows not to s(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores his  late try. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Kearney Out of action more often than not these past two years and it showed. Jumped for high balls only to land empty handed. Failed to mop up (...)

Ireland winger  Andrew Conway makes a break for the opening try during the Guinness Series match against South Africa  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 In the end it was a pummelling, but Ireland had to put in plenty of hard graft and tackles before decorating the game with (...)

The South African team line up after the Captain’s Run at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

15 Andries Coetzee Age: 27 Height: 5’11” Weight: 92kg (14st 7lbs) Caps: 9 Points: 0 He has played in every test for South Africa this year. One aspect(...)

South African celebrate Siya Kolisi’s try during the match in Port Elizabeth. Photograph: EPA

South Africa 37 Argentina 15 Ghana-born wing Raymond Rhule scored his first international try as South Africa claimed victory over Argentina in their(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

15 Jared Payne Serene for an hour, proving once again that he must remain as the Ireland fullback, but like many backs became irrelevant as Springb(...)

 Ireland outhalf  Paddy Jackson  makes a break past South Africa flanker  Siya Kolisi during the first Test  at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Although it’s hard to think of a better one-off Irish win, or certainly a better one day, Joe Schmidt struggled to put this epic 14-man Irish victory(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

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