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Dublin: 9 °C Friday 28 November, 2014

Today’s News

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Monday 17 November, 2014

Discipline and ‘pokerfacing’ the opposition vital part of Schmidt culture

Dominic Ryan was perfectly calm despite getting the closest of close-up views of a Georgian boot.

Sunday 16 November, 2014

Another strong finish will stand to Ireland, says try-scoring Dave Kilcoyne

The prop is making a habit of getting himself on the score-sheet, but today’s try was extra special.

How Ireland rated in the eventual rout of Georgia

It was tough viewing at times, but Joe Schmidt’s men eventually ran out convincing winners.

Ireland take their time putting Georgia to the sword

A frustrating first half was followed by Ireland scoring six second half tries.

‘It’s like waking up on Christmas morning’: Ireland’s debutants collect precious first international caps

After Jared Payne made his bow last week, Joe Schmidt handed out three more new caps today.

The internet loves soccer, money’s tight and that f***ing troublemaker: It’s the week’s best sportswriting

Take it easy and take some time to read some of the best sportswriting that appeared online this week.

Thursday 13 November, 2014

Thank Girvan for that: Remembering Ireland’s nightmarish 2007 win over Georgia Bad Day In Bordeaux This post contains videos

Thank Girvan for that: Remembering Ireland’s nightmarish 2007 win over Georgia

We had the misfortune to be in Stade Chaban Delmas for a moral defeat on the biggest stage.

Wednesday 12 November, 2014

In pics: Ireland’s top cyclist Dan Martin pulls up at Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Cycling’s world number nine stopped in to check on the progress of a new ultrasound suite.

Johnny Sexton among nominees for IRB World Player of the Year

He’s up against two All Blacks and two South Africans.

Jared’s pain and 12 more pictures from Ireland’s training session today

Here’s what the boys are up to out in Maynooth.

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Ireland ready to showcase another skill-set after scrapping with Springboks — Kearney

‘We have an ability as players to play lots of different types of gameplans,’ says the star fullback.

Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Trimble and Briggs pick up Player of the Year gongs at rugby writers’ awards We'll Always Have Paris This post contains videos

Trimble and Briggs pick up Player of the Year gongs at rugby writers’ awards

Ireland Women were also recognised through awards handed to Philip Doyle and Fiona Coghlan.

Snapshot: Georgia’s rugby players struggled to deal with the elements in Dublin today

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together…

Rob Kearney pleased with new and improved ‘stress free’ IRFU contract negotiations

The Leinster and Ireland fullback says he had no reason to want to leave and so sorted his contract with minimal fuss.

Payne and Henry remain fitness concerns as both issues continue to be investigated

The Ulster duo were both major injury concerns after Saturday’s win over the Springboks.

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Sure where would he be going? Brian Cody is staying on as Kilkenny hurling boss

The James Stephens man will take charge for a 17th year.

Monday 10 November, 2014

Bowe and Ireland targeting hat-trick of Autumn wins after South African shakedown

One down, bring on Georgia and the Wallabies.

‘They make your breakdown very slow’: Matfield credits Ireland’s ruck work while seeking solace in history

The out-of-retirement lock compared the loss to a 2006 defeat at home to France.

Here’s our November Tests Team of the Week

Who stood out for you?

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Open Thread: Who would you like to see play for Ireland against Georgia next week?

Would you hand Dave Foley a full debut, keep D’Arcy waiting in the wings and run Keatley at 10? Up to you.

Sunday 9 November, 2014

‘Joe gives an inner belief to the whole squad’: Smiling Simon Zebo thrilled to be back in the big time

Ireland believe they can beat anyone, says the recalled winger.

O’Connell’s big 17 tackles and more vital statistics from Ireland’s win over the Springboks

While the tackle counts were impressive, the passing numbers didn’t quite match up.

Good habits mean consistent gains in SMART Training philosophy

Jonny Bruton runs the Dublin business and says he wants it to inspire people.

‘I love a big hit’: Henshaw more than comfortable in centre of the Test arena

The Connacht man had a little help from Gordon D’Arcy to prepare for his biggest Test to date.

Saturday 8 November, 2014

Wanna watch Ireland beat South Africa again? Here you go Play It Again This post contains videos

Wanna watch Ireland beat South Africa again? Here you go

Saturday night’s all right for highlights.

Player ratings: How we marked Ireland’s players in the win over South Africa

How would you have scored the boys in, er… white?

Ireland out-think South African brawn in convincing win at the Aviva

Tries from Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe gave Ireland victory despite Springbok dominance in the scrum.

Twickenham created an epic Haka v Sweet Chariot mash-up today Black And White This post contains videos

Twickenham created an epic Haka v Sweet Chariot mash-up today

It’s not for everyone, but it’s a hell of a spectacle.

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Thursday 6 November, 2014

Sean O’Brien getting back down to the serious business of shoulder rehab

After a month of surgery and a few nutritional discrepancies, the Tullow Tank is thinking about making tracks again.

Open Thread: What Irish team would you pick to face South Africa on Saturday

Joe Schmidt has fewer and fewer players to choose from, but there are still big calls to be made.

Fog, white togs and ROG ROG ROG: Ireland’s 5 most recent clashes with South Africa

The last 10 years have been our most successful period against the Southern Hemisphere giants.

Ireland well able to carry the ball without me — Sean O’Brien

The injured flanker is looking forward to seeing Sean Cronin getting over the gainline this weekend.

Wednesday 5 November, 2014

12 month bans for three players involved in Derry club football final row

The row started over a disputed goal in last month’s final between Ballinderry and Slaughtneil.

This is the flashiest grubber kick you’ll see anywhere this month Tekkerz This post contains videos

This is the flashiest grubber kick you’ll see anywhere this month

One for us all to work on in the garden this evening.

‘Boks stay bashful about scrum chances while trusting Pollard to fire up the back-line

South Africa are in rude health, while Joe Schmidt could conceivably have to make do without his entire first-choice front row.

Tuesday 4 November, 2014

November is a big, big month for these 5 Irish rugby players

A raft of injury worries mean there are places up for grabs. These guys have a lot to gain.