Liam Squire

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Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton tries to prevent New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett grounding the ball for a try during Saturday’s Test at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Strickland/Inpho

Ireland 9 New Zealand 21 When the final whistle went, the All Blacks had completed their revenge mission over the course of a brutally tough test mat(...)

A rampaging Seán O’Brien gets away from Beauden Barrett at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Seánie O’Brien seemed calm. Standing between Lieutenants Payne and Henshaw, of the newly formed officer class, he more hummed than belted out the anth(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip was outstanding in the defeat to New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rob Kearney (Leinster) 6 Needed a head injury assessment afterwards. The lack of offloading in crucial, albeit highly demanding, scenarios cost Irela(...)

Beauden Barrett  runs away from the tackle of Ireland’s Conor Murray to score New Zealand’s third try during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ben Smith – 8 A brilliant open field attacker. Ireland’s best defenders simply couldn’t contain his slippery lateral running that yielded vital yar(...)

Sam Whitelock returns for the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

First choice locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick have returned from injury and been named in a beefed-up All Blacks side to face Ireland in Dubli(...)

Ireland’s  CJ Stander  wins a lineout ball during the game against New Zealand at Soldier Field,  Chicago. Photograph Phil Walter/Getty Images

Isolating the lineout as a microcosm of Ireland’s 40-29 victory over New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago reveals how pivotal this particular set-p(...)

Ireland celebrate Robbie Henshaw’s try at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

I know which camp I’d rather be in before the rematch. The Ireland starting XV will largely get a week off to recover physically and prepare for anot(...)

Fullback Ben Smith was one of the All Blacks’ best performers at Soldier Field - but often came off second best in the air against Ireland’s Rob Kearney. Photograph: Inpho

Ben Smith 8 The best All Black for long stretches, finishing that try in the corner, one handed, just when it looked like another painful comeback wo(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray scores their third try. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney 8 Comeback Kearney. Supposedly washed up, past his sell by date, Kearney shut a lot of people up by out-leaping Ben Smith off a restart(...)

Ireland players Rob Kearney (left) and Jamie Heaslip celebrate following their 40-29 victory over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Finally. As Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long(...)

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