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Dublin: 12 °C Saturday 22 November, 2014

#November Tests

# november-tests - Today’s News

# november-tests - Yesterday’s News

Analysis: Australia’s defensive changes open opportunities for Ireland

We pick out some potential weaknesses for Joe Schmidt’s men to exploit tomorrow evening.

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You get the impression some southern hemisphere players don’t know your name — Mike Ross

The prop says things will be different with Michael Cheika in charge.

Hooper enjoying life under Cheika ahead of meeting with in-form Ireland

‘They are number three in the world now, a spot that we’ve held for most of the year,’ says the Wallabies openside.

O’Connell: Ireland better prepared to face ‘super power’ Australia than last year

The Ireland captain says last year’s defeat to the Australia was ‘probably the toughest day since Joe has been in charge’.

‘There’ll be a lot of traffic’: Schmidt outlines the challenges facing Henshaw at 13

The new 13 faces a real test at the Aviva on Saturday.

I’m not his social worker: Michael Cheika on dealing with Kurtley Beale

The Australia coach spoke about the challenges involved in managing the mercurial Beale.

Zebo and Ireland giving little away about plan of attack against Australia

How will Joe Schmidt’s side take on the Wallabies?

# november-tests - Thursday 20 November, 2014

‘He used to give me daggers from the bench’ – Cheika on Sexton’s rise from sub to star

Sexton broke into the Leinster team while Michael Cheika was in charge.

Best is back with D’Arcy named inside centre for Ireland’s clash with Australia

The veteran will partner Robbie Henshaw in Ireland’s midfield.

No love for Teddy as winger dropped by France for missing training session

The Racing Metro winger has been replaced by Maxime Medard for Saturday’s game against Argentina.


All Blacks trust in Barrett against Wales while magnificent 7 makes 100th appearance as captain

Oh, and Sonny Bill Williams partners Conrad Smith in the centre.

Win over Australia can prove that Schmidt’s Ireland are a consistent force

Ireland international wing Fergus McFadden is in no doubt that Schmidt has already achieved that goal.

Toomua and Speight to start as Australia make four changes for Ireland Test

Quade Cooper, Will Genia and Kurtley Beale are among a provisional 11 replacements named by Michael Cheika.

The maul continues to grow in importance as Ireland lead the way

Simon Easterby’s pack has picked up where they left off under John Plumtree last season.

# november-tests - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Ford named at 10 as England look to end five-game losing streak

Stuart Lancaster has shifted Owen Farrell to 12 for his side’s clash with Samoa this weekend.

Ireland more concerned about performance than November clean sweep

‘If the processes are right and you have good systems in place then the result comes out the back of that.’

Welsh rugby moves closer to Irish system with 12 dual contract offers

Dan Lydiate is among the Welsh players currently considering one of the new national deals.

‘He’s world class’ – Will Genia is ready for battle against Conor Murray

The Aussie scrum-half almost spoke also the player exodus to the northern hemisphere.

Visualisation and video analysis powering McGrath in Ireland’s set-pieces

Ireland’s forwards get limited time on the pitch to work on their scrums and mauls.

# november-tests - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Open Thread: Pick your Ireland line-up to face the Wallabies

The centre pairing is again the big call in the starting XV.

The boys are back: Genia and Cooper ready to resume ‘seamless’ partnership vs Ireland

The half-backs can create carnage together if they are on form.

Swimming with sharks, Hamilton’s try, Rala and a snake – 23 old school Ireland Australia pics

There’s been plenty of battles with the Wallabies before next Saturday’s game at the Aviva.

Heaslip: You couldn’t repeat some of the stuff Cheika says in the sheds

Ireland have been praising the Wallabies head coach, but also stress that they are focusing on their own display.

‘All the players are thinking of him’ – Ireland’s best wishes to Chris Henry

The openside flanker suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

Wales recall Jonathan Davies for New Zealand

Elsewhere in the back division Leigh Halfpenny has recovered from concussion to displace Liam Williams.

Foot injury rules Payne out of Ireland’s clash with Wallabies

The outside centre has returned to Ulster and Mike McCarthy to Leinster.

Analysis: Schmidt’s players making life easier for their teammates

We break down the important supporting contributions for five of the Irish tries against Georgia.

Quade Cooper happy just ‘holding pads’ as swagger is lost with his starting jersey

The out-half sounded strangely withdrawn as he said he’s striving to be a better person under Michael Cheika’s guidance.

# november-tests - Monday 17 November, 2014

Quade Cooper: Cheika hammering focus and ‘mental edge’ home for Wallabies

It’s been a wild month for the Wallabies.

Everybody’s happy to have Kurtley Beale back in the squad — Quade Cooper

The utility back was a late call-up before the Wallabies’ meeting with Ireland after a controversial summer.

Chris Henry to receive specialist care after blockage of blood vessel in his brain

The IRFU say the back row requires further investigation.

A lot done but more to do for Ireland

Ireland did all that was expected against Georgia but Whiff of Cordite believes some players still have points to prove.


ROG in the rain, Wood’s step and Cooper’s magic – Ireland vs Australia in the professional era

Ireland and Australia have had some memorable encounters in Dublin.

O’Donnell’s defence, Gilroy gains and more vital statistics from Ireland’s win over Georgia

Here’s the numbers behind the six-try, 49 – 7 victory.’s November Tests team of the week

This XV is unusually light on New Zealanders.

Ian Madigan’s display pleases Schmidt as new Ireland caps impress

The Kiwi head coach has strong belief in the playmaker, despite his lack of games at 10 for Leinster.

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