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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…

Marked man: Leigh Halfpenny's all-round game continues to impress

Five things we learnt about Wales: First Test

THE DIFFERENCE in playing styles between the northern and southern hemispheres maybe narrowing, but the speed at which it is played is not. Wales really struggled with the pace at…

Disconsolate: The England boys have plenty to ponder before the 2nd Test

England can still win the war

SATURDAY WAS not a good 24 hours for Northern Hemisphere sides on tour, but before the evening kick-off in Durban there was still cause for England fans to be optimistic.…

Ben Foden dives in for England's consolation try

South Africa 22 England 17: The Verdict

ENGLAND HAD a strong first half, featuring outstanding defence, some good attacks and great security under the high ball, but South Africa took a grip on the game in the…

Match winner: Pat McCabe picks the right line to score

Australia 27-19 Wales: The verdict

WALES SENSING a first victory on Australian soil since 1969 were far too slow out of the traps against a Wallaby side desperate to atone for their humbling 9-6 midweek…

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…

Ken Owens

Australia v Wales: 1st Test preview

IT WILL be Tri-Nations champions versus Six Nations champions when Australia and Wales kick off their three-Test series in Brisbane on Saturday – and it should be an enthralling encounter.…

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…

Scott Williams starts at centre, replacing Jamie Roberts

Warburton returns to lead Wales

WALES HAVE named a side to play Australia in Brisbane this weekend showing four changes from that which sealed a 16-9 victory over France last March to be crowned Champions…