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From The42 'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney Starter's Orders

'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney

The winger has been working on his aerial ability over the last two weeks ahead of his return to the Test arena.

From The42 Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena Player Profile

Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena

The 23-year-old out-half is poised to make his Ireland debut in Sydney on Saturday after an excellent season with Leinster.

From The42 Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss Wildcard

Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss

The mercurial talent was just 21 the last time he started a Test for England.

From The42 Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney Rookie

Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney

21-year-old in line for his sixth cap on Saturday, and hopes to play his part in a famous series win.

From The42 'Nothing feels monumental when it’s one-all': Schmidt focused on winning series in Sydney All To Play For

'Nothing feels monumental when it’s one-all': Schmidt focused on winning series in Sydney

The Ireland head coach isn’t getting carried away, as he turns his attention to next week’s deciding Test.

From The42 Peter 'turnover' O'Mahony leads from the front as Ireland deliver their season's best Player Ratings

Peter 'turnover' O'Mahony leads from the front as Ireland deliver their season's best

Here’s how we rated Joe Schmidt’s men in Melbourne.

From The42 Erasmus' Springboks come from behind again to seal series win over England Summer Tests

Erasmus' Springboks come from behind again to seal series win over England

That’s now six defeats in a row for Eddie Jones’ side.

From The42 'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory Kobe Beef

'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory

Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.

From The42 Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line 13

Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line

The 23-year-old is fully aware of the challenge that awaits as he steps back into the Test arena on Saturday.

From The42 'You kind of forget what losing feels like. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, it's horrible' Right The Wrongs

'You kind of forget what losing feels like. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, it's horrible'

Tadhg Furlong is back in Ireland’s starting XV and desperate to rediscover that winning feeling in Melbourne.

From The42 The Beast to reach Springbok landmark as Erasmus names team for England Prop Idol

The Beast to reach Springbok landmark as Erasmus names team for England

Erasmus hails Mtawarira as ‘a great servant of the game’ ahead of his 100th appearance for South Africa.

From The42 Shields in for full debut as England drop Robshaw for second Springboks Test Starting XV

Shields in for full debut as England drop Robshaw for second Springboks Test

Eddie Jones has made two changes in personnel as his side look to halt their losing run.

From The42 Back row revamp as France make five changes for All Blacks revenge mission Fresh Faces

Back row revamp as France make five changes for All Blacks revenge mission

Les Bleus are trailing in the series heading to Wellington.

From The42 Brothers in arms as Townsend rings the changes for Scotland's clash with USA So Many Siblings

Brothers in arms as Townsend rings the changes for Scotland's clash with USA

The teams meet in Houston on Saturday.

From The42 'We have to try a few things': Erasmus to change winning formula against England The Boks

'We have to try a few things': Erasmus to change winning formula against England

South Africa are seeking a series win in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Sexton: 'It's like a different type of game when you're on the bench'

The out-half found himself in an unfamiliar position last week, but is set to take centre stage again in Melbourne.

From The42 A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash Black Ops

A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash

The citing commissioner decided that Ofa Tu’ungafasi’s shoulder-leading tackle was “just short of” a red card.

From The42 'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat Stay The Course

'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat

The Kiwi cut a frustrated but not panicked figure after a rare loss yesterday.

From The42 Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak Boks Are Back

Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak

It was a 10-try thriller in Ellis Park.

From The42 France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital Sacrebleu

France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital

Jacques Brunel isn’t happy, and rightly so.

From The42 Player ratings as Ireland taste defeat for first time in 15 months On Your Marks!
From The42 As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test Liveblog

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test

We followed all the action from Brisbane as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland faced the Wallabies in their summer series opener.

From The42 Controversial yellow the turning point as 8-try New Zealand rout France Black And Bleu

Controversial yellow the turning point as 8-try New Zealand rout France

The All Blacks racked up 41 points in the final half hour with France unable to recover from the setback.

From The42 Jordan Larmour: The prodigiously talented wonderkid who was always destined for the top Remarkable Rise

Jordan Larmour: The prodigiously talented wonderkid who was always destined for the top

A dream debut season has exceeded all expectations, but the 20-year-old’s remarkable rise comes as no surprise to those close to him.

From The42 Fit and raring to go again, Henderson settling into leadership role in Ireland's lineout The Caller

Fit and raring to go again, Henderson settling into leadership role in Ireland's lineout

The Ulster second row continues his partnership with James Ryan against Australia on Saturday.

From The42 The Rugby Show: Carbery's big chance, Schmidt's rotation and first Test predictions Summer Tests This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Carbery's big chance, Schmidt's rotation and first Test predictions

Murray Kinsella joined Ryan Bailey to discuss the Ireland team for Saturday’s first Test against the Wallabies.

From The42 Dragons forward to captain Wales for the first time as Gatland rings the changes Team News

Dragons forward to captain Wales for the first time as Gatland rings the changes

Wales face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.

From The42 Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series Summer Tests

Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series

Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn have both been ruled out.

From The42 Wasps second row gives England fitness scare ahead of first Test against South Africa Summer Tests

Wasps second row gives England fitness scare ahead of first Test against South Africa

Joe Launchbury is a doubt for Saturday’s clash in Johannesburg.

From The42 Folau: 'I don't really know too much about Ireland' Summer Tests

Folau: 'I don't really know too much about Ireland'

The controversial Australia star was speaking in Brisbane this morning ahead of next weekend’s first Test.

From The42 Jenkins to captain Gatland's Wales as North moves to centre against Springboks Summer Tests

Jenkins to captain Gatland's Wales as North moves to centre against Springboks

Wales face Rassie Erasmus’ Boks in Washington on Saturday.

From The42 Australia's Reece Hodge believes Ireland are 'the form team in the world' Summer Tests

Australia's Reece Hodge believes Ireland are 'the form team in the world'

The Wallabies face Joe Schmidt’s side in a three-Test series, starting in Brisbane on 9 June.

From The42 Teddy Thomas recalled to France squad for All Blacks series Back In Bleu

Teddy Thomas recalled to France squad for All Blacks series

Mathieu Bastareaud’s responsibilities will be increased with captain Guilhem Guirado rested.

From The42 Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA New Jersey

Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA

Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan both crossed for debut tries on a difficult day for Joey Carbery.

From The42 Solomona turns from villain to deliver late heroics for England in Argentina Dangerous Den

Solomona turns from villain to deliver late heroics for England in Argentina

The league convert had looked suspect for some of England’s concessions, but bounced off tacklers to deliver a dramatic win for Eddie Jones’ side.

From The42 Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ Reaction

Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ

Nine tries, five debutants, but still plenty of room for improvement.

From The42 'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more' Prop Life

'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more'

From Ireland U20s to the senior squad in the space of 12 months, Andrew Porter’s meteoric rise continues at some pace.

From The42 Open thread: Who would you like to see get their chance when Ireland face USA? Opportunity Knocks

Open thread: Who would you like to see get their chance when Ireland face USA?

Joe Schmidt will name his team for Saturday’s Test in New York later today.

From The42 Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad Summer Tests

Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad

John Barclay will captain the squad for a gruelling travelling schedule that will take them through Singapore, Australia and Fiji.

From The42 Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward Analysis

Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward

It was a dream debut for loosehead Steven “Red Bull” Kitschoff.

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