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Ireland fans celebrate their team's early try, but their dreams of victory turned to dust

New Zealand 22 Ireland 19: 2nd Test verdict

Rarely will you see a more dramatic Test match than this. Ireland hadn't beaten New Zealand in 25 previous attempts spread over 107 years and a magnificent effort in Christchurch…

Rob Kearney

New Zealand v Ireland: 2nd Test preview

IRELAND ENDURED a miserable evening at Eden Park last weekend, the All Blacks running in five tries in a comprehensive 42-10 win to ensure their unbeaten run against the men…

Adam Thomson replaces the injured Victor Vito

Thomson replaces Vito for Ireland Test

THE STARTING XV features just the one change with loose forward Adam Thomson replacing the injured Victor Vito (knee) at blindside flanker, while his place on the bench has been…

Key man: Donnacha Ryan continues to improve

Hurricane Savea blows Ireland away

I’LL BE honest, when I first saw Declan Kidney’s team selection it didn’t fill me with confidence. Losing to the Barbarians the week before travelling to the backyard of the…

Brian O'Driscoll

New Zealand 42 Ireland 10: The verdict

ANOTHER NEW Zealand-Ireland game, another All Blacks win. It’s a stuck record for Ireland and while they showed glimmers of a decent running game at Eden Park, this match was…

Aaron Smith

New Zealand v Ireland: 1st Test preview

IRELAND HAVE never beaten New Zealand but they have a chance to change the history books in Auckland on Saturday. Both Declan Kidney and Steve Hansen have selected new caps…

Another casualty: Tony Woodcock

Woodcock ruled out for Reds clash

Prop Tony Woodcock suffered an acute calf strain at training yesterday and has been ruled out of tomorrow night’s match against the Reds. This latest casualty means Tevita Mailau moves…