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The waiting is nearly over and we are now just five days away from one of the most eagerly anticipated Ireland games in years.
New Zealand centre Ryan Crotty is hoping to keep his Crusaders' coach Ronan O'Gara quiet by beating Ireland this weekend
Johnny Sexton has backed Kieran Marmion and Luke McGrath to step up and fill the void left by Conor Murray ahead of the ultimate test of Ireland’s credentials against New Zealand this weekend.
Ireland have been dealt further injury blows with the news that Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw will both miss Saturday's game against New Zealand.
Of our four fixtures against southern-hemisphere opposition, the visit of the Pumas is the one I look forward to the least.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says that he has been inundated with ticket requests from New Zealanders ahead of the mouthwatering clash with the All Blacks - but he wants the Aviva Stadium to be a sea of green next Saturday.
Joe Schmidt says it is "highly unlikely" that Conor Murray will be pitched straight back into battle against the world's best team, but his opposite number Steve Hansen landed in Dublin yesterday fully expecting to face the Lions No 9.
There are times when watching James Ryan dominate incredibly physical international Tests that it is important to step back and remind ourselves that he only turned 22 less than four months ago.
David Pocock says it is "all about the mental side of things" after Australia suffered an eighth Test defeat this year.
Back in 2013, Ireland warmed up for their first meeting with New Zealand under Joe Schmidt with one of the worst performances of his time in charge - the second-heaviest defeat of his tenure (32-15) - against Australia.
Rassie Erasmus hailed his side's spirit as South Africa scored a last-gasp try to snatch a dramatic 29-26 win over France in Paris on Saturday night.
Two weeks ago Joe Schmidt rang his Grand Slam winning openside flanker to deliver a sentence that contained both bad news and good news: "I'm not taking you to Chicago, but you have a shot at Argentina and then...."
Just at the end of Saturday's post-match press conference, Joe Schmidt was invited to personalise the dark thunder now rolling Ireland's way. Was it, someone asked, the "great challenge" of his coaching career to line up the All Blacks in his crosshairs?
Another record banked, but there is little evidence of celebration on Joe Schmidt's face as he sifts through his teams 10th home win in a row.
England are poised to take out their frustration at their 16-15 defeat by New Zealand on Japan on Saturday, with head coach Eddie Jones warning that his former side should "go to a chapel and pray".
Joe Schmidt has admitted he is "still bleeding" from Ireland's last-gasp 24-22 defeat to New Zealand in 2013.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is convinced his team will face Conor Murray when they take on Ireland on Saturday.
Eddie Jones tried not to blame the late television match official (TMO) review that cost England victory against New Zealand as his injury-hit side came within a whisker of beating the world champions, but made it clear he disagreed with it.
Sean O'Brien has already set himself a target of returning in time for the Six Nations after the Ireland flanker broke his right arm during yesterday's win over Argentina.
When a colleague in this office saw the IRFU's 'New England Free Jacks' email pop into his inbox on Friday evening he thought they were announcing a clothing deal. If only.
On the way to the Aviva Stadium yesterday I noticed that the national knitting and crochet event was on in the RDS. Maybe Ireland might pop down there tomorrow, because the ability to knit was something that was sorely missing yesterday.
The week of an All Blacks game is a big week. Given all the requests to try and sniff out tickets you'd say this one is a lot bigger than most. So CJ Stander, not a great man at staying calm in these situations, will likely be suffering from what he calls PMS: pre-match stress.
Job done. It wasn't pretty but a 10th home win on the trot is not to be trifled with - even if for a long time yesterday Ireland really struggled to impose themselves on Argentina.
New Zealand will fly into Dublin this evening and most Irish rugby supporters will be relieved that they arrive with a win rather than a loss in their rear-view mirror. The All Blacks looked doomed at a sodden Twickenham yesterday until referee Jerome Garces and his TMO Marius Jonker bailed them out with an offside decision against Courtney Lawes, ruling out England's try that looked like a match-winner.
Clive Woodward has condemned England's decision making in a 16-15 defeat by New Zealand that he insists should infuriate Eddie Jones.
Now for the main course. The match in Chicago was a refreshing amuse-bouche but this win over Argentina was more in the nature of an undistinguished hors d'oeuvre. A bit difficult to digest at first, but it slipped down OK in the end.
Glasgow have been dealt a significant blow after Stuart Hogg revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says it it 'highly unlikely' that Conor Murray will feature against the All Blacks - but that the decision rests with the scrum-half ahead of the mouthwatering showdown next Saturday.
Wales ended their long losing run against Australia at the 14th attempt as substitute Dan Biggar's late penalty gave them a 9-6 victory in Cardiff.
Sean O'Brien has already set himself a target of returning in time for the Six Nations after the Ireland flanker broke his right arm during Ireland's 28-17 win over Argentina.
Ireland beat an Argentina team they were expected to beat at the Aviva Staidium, but they were pretty unimpressive while doing so.
Ireland host Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in the first home November international. Kick off is at 18.30 and you can follow all the action in our live blog.
England fell agonisingly short of toppling New Zealand after a late try by Sam Underhill was controversially ruled out in a 16-15 defeat at Twickenham.
Scotland extended their impressive Murrayfield streak to 10 wins from their last 11 Tests as Tommy Seymour's hat-trick helped seal a 54-17 win over Fiji.
Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it's hard to blame him.
Five days after Ireland's 43-20 defeat to Argentina in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, Joe Schmidt sat on the couch opposite Ryan Tubridy on 'The Late, Late Show' in October 2015.
I had never felt pain like it, every cell in my body wanted to scream. The agony was so overwhelming I thought I would never play rugby again.
The dust had barely settled on Ireland's win when Jordan Larmour emerged from the dressing-room with what looked like a school-bag on his back.
It's three years since Joe Schmidt's men suffered a crushing World Cup quarter final defeat against Argentina.
In some senses, the healing is superficial and the wound is still there, as raw as ever. Only a victory in next year's World Cup quarter-final will finally allow Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to move on from the worst day he has endured in the job to date.
Ireland could finish the Guinness November series atop the world rankings and former captain Brian O'Driscoll has declared that the team have every right to be bullish as they seek to make a bold statement a year out from the World Cup.
Brian O'Driscoll has leapt to the defence of former team-mate Jonathan Sexton after the latest jibe from English coach Eddie Jones reignited his ongoing criticism of the Irish out-half.
Beauden Barrett grimaces when I ask a question he does not like. I am not asking him about the controversial new tackle laws, the threat of being targeted by England at Twickenham today or even whether a second defeat in five games would send the All Blacks into a tailspin.
Within the Ireland set-up, they are not allowed to look beyond this weekend. For everyone else, this month is about one thing and one thing alone: Ireland v New Zealand.
ARGENTINA coach Mario Ledesma came in off the pitch at the Aviva Stadium complaining about the Irish weather.
Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it’s hard to blame him.
The Ireland head coach will announce a decision on his future beyond next year's World Cup at the end of the November internationals and if he chooses to leave the position his captain believes there is enough talent within the set-up for the success he has enjoyed to continue.
Throw a fit Conor Murray, Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose into the number 9, 15 and 13 jerseys and the starting XV for tomorrow's Test looks very close to the team Joe Schmidt would have in mind for a World Cup quarter-final if it were being played this week.
Brian O'Driscoll believes that Eddie Jones is trying to shift the focus of debate by claiming Irish out-half Jonathan Sexton gets special treatment from referees.
England coach Eddie Jones has claimed Ireland's Johnny Sexton gets preferential treatment from referees.
Eddie Jones has turned to Chris Ashton to help "change England rugby history" against New Zealand tomorrow.
All Blacks legend Richie McCaw believes the New Zealand Rugby Union would not hesitate to set aside their long-standing policy of only appointing internal coaching successors if it meant they could snatch Joe Schmidt from Ireland's clutches next year.
Scientists have recently discovered that cows can ascertain certain noise patterns according to mood.
At the start of the month Jordan Larmour wouldn’t have been banking on this level of involvement at 15 for the first two weeks of the Guinness Series, but that’s the silver lining on the injury cloud.
Eddie Jones will pay little attention when New Zealand perform the Haka on Saturday - joking that he would not notice if the Spice Girls were singing instead.
Bloke goes down to the Slug & Lettuce pub on the Kings Road, walks in, sits down at the bar and says nothing. Barman comes over, yer man points at the beer tap. "Do you want a pint?" asks the barman.
Injured Irish duo Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose are "highly likely" to be ready to face the All Blacks on Saturday week after losing their fitness battle ahead of this weekend's test match against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.
Garry Ringrose has been ruled out of Ireland's meeting with Argentina on Saturday, while Jordan Larmour has beaten stiff competition from Andrew Conway and Will Addison to start at full-back.
New Zealand have picked their strongest available team, including a centre pairing of Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue, for Saturday's clash with England.
Joe Schmidt looks set to recall a host of his biggest names for Saturday's clash with Argentina when he announces his team this lunchtime.
When front-rows of a certain vintage talk about packing down against Argentina, a certain awe comes over them.
The glint in Robbie Henshaw's eye is matched by the wry smile that is etched across his face when he is asked about playing at full-back in his last game for Leinster two weeks ago.
Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience, writes Will Slattery.
All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been ruled out of the remainder of the November internationals after a freak training ground accident left him with a nasty eye injury.
By degrees, the All Blacks are morphing into rugby’s answer to the Rolling Stones: a polished touring juggernaut whose every performance feels, for those in attendance, like a once-in-a-lifetime treat, but whose modus operandi are ever more nakedly corporate.
Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience.
Coaches dream of having the kind of array of options that present themselves to Joe Schmidt this month, but it is one thing having a strong panel to choose from and another picking the right team and keeping those who don't make the cut happy.
Cian Healy is targeting top spot in the world rugby rankings as Ireland prepare for key November Tests against Argentina and New Zealand.
There was a time when the rivalry between Argentina and Ireland was more to do with the Pumas' distaste with what the Ireland team represented rather than the Irish players themselves.
England's Tom Curry has been ruled out for the rest of the November internationals, with the flanker needing to see a specialist to determine whether or not he needs surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during last Saturday's 12-11 victory over South Africa.
Exactly 24 seconds before he fielded a superb high ball that led to Luke McGrath's try in Soldier Field, Andrew Conway got a similar attempted catch all wrong.
Cian Healy is targeting top spot in the world rugby rankings as Ireland prepare for key Novembers tests against Argentina and New Zealand.
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy to discuss the November internationals and his career to date.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek has confirmed that Conor Murray isn't training with the team in Carton House this week - but didn't rule the scrum-half out of playing against the All Blacks.
Rob Kearney remains a major doubt for Ireland's clash against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Anthony Foley's son, Dan, received a special birthday present from Ireland and Leinster star Johnny Sexton earlier this year.
Eddie Jones believes he has the blueprint for beating New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, a result that would be akin to "climbing Everest".
Garry Ringrose says Ireland's limited preparation time is not an excuse for a drop in standards against Argentina this Saturday.
When you play almost all of your games against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, you can expect your win/loss ratio to suffer, but even still the eight wins Argentina have achieved in their 36 games since the 2015 World Cup is a stark statistic to consider.
Just over three years after he made his final appearance for Ireland in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina, Chris Henry has announced his decision to retire from rugby.
There was a certain irony to how Jordan Larmour tore up Soldier Field in a manner befitting of the Chicago Bears' electric running backs.
Ireland centre Garry Ringrose has backed Jordan Larmour to step up to the plate if he is asked to start at full-back against Argentina this Saturday.
We'll not go so far as to suggest it's mission accomplished for this was no mission. It was unashamedly designed to bulk up the coffers.
Ireland ran Italy around Soldier Field until the Azurri wore out. This is the way to play Italy who were brave but were as blunt as an old razor blade by the end of the game.
International fixtures were staged across the northern hemisphere on Saturday, from Chicago to Cardiff. Here is our selection of the players that stood out.
Ireland will arrive back in Dublin this morning and the page will immediately turn when the squad reach Carton House.
The IRFU, in conjunction with Rugby Players Ireland, has introduced sexual consent classes for all professional players in the wake of this year's Belfast rape trial, the Irish Independent can reveal.
His brain engages, his dancing feet respond and the end result is another sprinkling of unforgettable magic.
Captain Eamonn Mills led by example with two tries as Lansdowne registered a rare win at Tom Clifford Park, finishing 23-12 over Young Munster.
Ulster left Treviso lifted by a powerful second-half performance that gave their Guinness PRO14 campaign a real boost thanks to tries from Sean Reidy and Rob Herring.
When the Chicago Bears won their one and only Super Bowl in 1986, famed coach Mike Dikta based his success on a mean defence and a strong running game.
Leinster coach Leo Cullen said that a killer instinct which yielded three tries just before the break was decisive in securing a bonus point win in Port Elizabeth.
Munster coach Johann van Graan praised stand-in captain Tyler Bleyendaal and his men for carving out a bonus-point win at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.