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#November Tests

# november-tests - Tuesday 2 December, 2014

Watching Brad Barritt’s hit on Quade Cooper still gives us a killer headache Head First This post contains videos

Watching Brad Barritt’s hit on Quade Cooper still gives us a killer headache

We hope Quade is safe back home with his feet up.

# november-tests - Thursday 27 November, 2014

Wales go hunting for overdue win over Springboks without George North

South Africa named a side showing eight changes from the win over Italy.

England axe Farrell for Australia clash, Cheika makes three changes

‘Sorry, son. We’re going with George and Billy Twelvetrees’.

Aviva damage caused by Aussie staffer unable to open a door properly

The ARU say they offered to help with any repair costs.

# november-tests - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

‘You never want to take that away from a player’ – The risk of the offload

We take a look at the issue of offloading and ask ‘when is the right time to offload?’

# november-tests - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Simon Hick column: Schmidt’s Ireland aren’t playing beautifully but they might never need to

Ireland have been beating the world’s top teams with a strong kicking game and sound fundamentals.

Concussion not a concern for Sexton with ever-increasing knowledge protecting players

The out-half insists his head injury is not overly serious, but is pleased that he has more information than ever to review the issue.

You’re the boss: Pick your first-choice Ireland 23 for the World Cup

Our rugby writers have selected the matchday squads they think Joe Schmidt will rely on in 10 months’ time.

How did Ireland’s World Cup opponents get on this November?

France were up and down, Italy picked up one win, while the Romanians and Canadians struggled.

Kicking on: Schmidt will take on player feedback before Christmas review

Jonathan Sexton wants Ireland to add ‘another string to our bow’ before defending the Six Nations championship.

‘We left a Grand Slam behind us’: Sexton chasing improvements after ’9/10′ year

The World Rugby Player of The Year nominee wants to go one step further next time out.

# november-tests - Monday 24 November, 2014

Analysis: O’Connell leads Irish defensive resurgence to deny the Wallabies

There was almost a repeat of Ireland’s last-gasp defeat to New Zealand, but they showed their mental edge this time.

‘Sexton schooled the Wallaby playmakers’ – Aussie media reaction to Irish win

Several Australian journalists pointed to the kicking from Joe Schmidt’s side as a key factor in the outcome.

Sexton and Cluxton talking pressure kicks and sporting motivation is absolutely brilliant

Those two know the feeling of standing over a kick that can define your career.

Analysis: Australia’s first-half width drags Ireland out of comfort zone

Ireland’s defensive concerns were alarming in the opening 40 minutes in Dublin on Saturday.

Here’s TheScore.ie’s November Tests Team of the Week

There is a healthy Irish representation after their win against Australia.

Ireland prop Ross: ‘That’s Irish sport for you – you’re either a hero or a villain!’

The 34-year-old underlined his importance to Ireland during the November Tests.

# november-tests - Sunday 23 November, 2014

Should Bernard Foley’s try for Australia against Ireland have been allowed?

Was it a forward pass from Phipps? You tell us…

Joe Schmidt had his appendix removed after Ireland’s win over Australia

Ireland head coach “recovering well” following surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Sexton, Kearney and D’Arcy all set for return-to-play protocols

Conor Murray also underwent a Head Injury Assessment during the clash with Australia yesterday.

Schmidt’s Ireland are a big threat going into the World Cup – Cheika

The Wallabies head coach was making no excuses for his side’s disappointing defeat in Dublin.

This classy chip from Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to beat Wales

Warren Gatland’s men were 16-15 ahead until the Kiwi out-half’s timely intervention.

Relive Ireland’s win over Australia with Michael Corcoran’s thrilling RTÉ commentary

Hearts were in mouths and Irish fans were watching through their fingers in Dublin.

‘I never thought we’d pull away at 17-0′: O’Connell pleased with Irish resilience

The captain did get a sense of satisfaction from Ireland’s second half performance.

Four drop goals help Argentina to upset Saint-André’s France in Paris

Ireland’s World Cup opponents were tactically out-thought in the French capital.

‘We’ve been here before’: Ireland’s end to terrific 2014 just a reminder of a cautionary tale

Captain Paul O’Connell isn’t going to forget the nightmare that followed Ireland’s last November clean sweep.

# november-tests - Saturday 22 November, 2014

Best proud of Ireland’s mental strength to avoid All Blacks defeat repeat

After three wins in November, the Ireland hooker recalled a similar situation back in 2006.

New out-half Ford steers England to their first win since March

England had lost their previous five test matches before today’s victory against Samoa.

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Henshaw learning from BOD but standing up for Ireland by himself

The retired Ireland legend has been helping the Connacht man out this month.

Sexton misses out as Retallick named World Rugby Player of the Year

The New Zealand second row becomes the fourth man from his country to win the trophy.


Courage commitment and character key to win, says George Hook

The RTÉ pundit also said that we should not get ahead of ourselves going into 2015 and the World Cup.

The final quarter played by the All Blacks against Wales should be shown to every player in the world

New Zealand scored 19 unanswered points in the game’s closing stages.

15 of the best pics from Ireland’s cracker against Australia

Sexton, Bowe and Zebo all feature prominently.

Player ratings: How Ireland’s players performed against Australia

Joe Schmidt’s men were excellent at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland complete November clean sweep with victory over the Wallabies

Chieka’s men fought hard but tries from Zebo and Bowe, as well as Sexton’s kicking, saw Schmidt’s side on top.

As it happened: Ireland vs Australia, November Tests

Can Ireland get their third win of the autumn today?

Late Habana try helps South Africa to see off Parisse-inspired Italians

Heyneke Meyer’s men scored three tries in a performance that failed to impress at times.

Ireland look to forward power to make the difference against Australia this time around

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, but can Ireland exact some revenge for last year’s no-show?

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