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#First Test

# first-test - Saturday 2 July, 2022

France survive heat and first-half examination to beat Japan
# First Test
From The42
# First Test

France survive heat and first-half examination to beat Japan

Jul 2nd 2022, 9:59 AM 10,568 Views 2 Comments

The sides were level at 13-13 at half-time.

# first-test - Friday 24 June, 2022

Picking the Ireland teams for the midweek Māori game and first Test
# Decisions
From The42
# Decisions

Picking the Ireland teams for the midweek Māori game and first Test

Jun 24th 2022, 9:55 PM 16,631 Views 47 Comments

Andy Farrell has some big calls to confirm next week in New Zealand.

# first-test - Saturday 24 July, 2021

'Next week is going to be even bigger and tougher' - Gatland
# Next Job
From The42
# Next Job

'Next week is going to be even bigger and tougher' - Gatland

Jul 24th 2021, 8:24 PM 10,891 Views 20 Comments

The Lions can wrap up a series success in the second Test against the Boks.

Gatland's Lions overcome half-time deficit in brilliant first Test victory
# One Up
From The42
# One Up

Gatland's Lions overcome half-time deficit in brilliant first Test victory

Jul 24th 2021, 7:02 PM 48,178 Views 55 Comments

The Boks led 12-3 at the break but the tourists were outstanding in the second half.

Lions and Springboks' clash in Cape Town has the makings of a classic
# First Test
From The42
# First Test

Lions and Springboks' clash in Cape Town has the makings of a classic

Updated Jul 24th 2021, 10:00 AM 18,549 Views 2 Comments

Warren Gatland’s tourists will need to get out in front in the first half.

# first-test - Wednesday 21 July, 2021

Price, Van der Merwe and Conan bolt their way into the Lions' starting Test XV
# Selection
From The42
# Selection

Price, Van der Merwe and Conan bolt their way into the Lions' starting Test XV

Updated Jul 21st 2021, 3:06 PM 24,329 Views 11 Comments

Warren Gatland has never been afraid to make bold selection calls.

Henshaw, Furlong and Conan start for Gatland's Lions in the first Test
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Henshaw, Furlong and Conan start for Gatland's Lions in the first Test

Jul 21st 2021, 10:00 AM 34,741 Views 37 Comments

Conor Murray and Tadhg Beirne have been included on the bench.

# first-test - Monday 19 July, 2021

'It's big boy rugby, isn't it?' - DJ Furlong fired up for the Springboks
# First Test
From The42
# First Test

'It's big boy rugby, isn't it?' - DJ Furlong fired up for the Springboks

Jul 19th 2021, 12:28 PM 11,668 Views 4 Comments

The Ireland tighthead prop is relishing the set-piece battle this weekend.

# first-test - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

BOD and Roberts' brilliance, The Beast's scrum power, and a narrow Boks win
# Lions
From The42
# Lions

BOD and Roberts' brilliance, The Beast's scrum power, and a narrow Boks win

Mar 24th 2020, 1:31 PM 10,391 Views 5 Comments

The Lions very nearly produced a comeback victory against South Africa in their first Test in 2009.

# first-test - Saturday 9 June, 2018

Ireland's winning streak over as Cheika's Wallabies power to Brisbane victory
# Down Under
From The42
# Down Under

Ireland's winning streak over as Cheika's Wallabies power to Brisbane victory

Jun 9th 2018, 1:04 PM 43,078 Views 146 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s team were second best and find themselves 1-0 down in the series.

# first-test - Thursday 10 May, 2018

'People have been trying to say it will make me a better player, but it's hard to look past that'
# Tough To Take
From The42
# Tough To Take

'People have been trying to say it will make me a better player, but it's hard to look past that'

May 10th 2018, 7:59 PM 6,171 Views 8 Comments

The omission of Barry McCarthy for Friday’s first Test against Pakistan raised questions over Ireland’s selection policy.

# first-test - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they're still outsiders
# Test Time
From The42
# Test Time

The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they're still outsiders

Jun 21st 2017, 12:01 PM 19,295 Views 31 Comments

The tour is back in Auckland after a whirlwind three weeks that have seen Warren Gatland’s side grow.

# first-test - Monday 19 June, 2017

Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland
# Decisions
From The42
# Decisions

Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland

Jun 19th 2017, 6:10 AM 16,178 Views 27 Comments

The Lions’ second row, back row, midfield and left wing selections will be fascinating.

Lions have no doubt that Owen Farrell will be 100% fit for first Test
# Huge Boost
From The42
# Huge Boost

Lions have no doubt that Owen Farrell will be 100% fit for first Test

Jun 19th 2017, 1:00 AM 7,189 Views 3 Comments

The England international is set to start at 10 or 12.

# first-test - Monday 12 June, 2017

With first Test looming, Henshaw and the Dunedin crew must stand out
# Getting Close
From The42
# Getting Close

With first Test looming, Henshaw and the Dunedin crew must stand out

Jun 12th 2017, 6:00 AM 8,391 Views 18 Comments

Warren Gatland will send out the majority of his first Test team on Saturday against the Māori All Blacks.

# first-test - Wednesday 15 June, 2016

Analysis: Who did what for Ireland in the rucks against South Africa?
# Ruck Stats
From The42
# Ruck Stats

Analysis: Who did what for Ireland in the rucks against South Africa?

Jun 15th 2016, 1:23 PM 10,868 Views 17 Comments

Jack McGrath was superb post-tackle for Ireland, but many others dug in too.

# first-test - Thursday 15 January, 2015

These are the men Ireland will open their Six Nations title defence against
# First Test
From The42
# First Test

These are the men Ireland will open their Six Nations title defence against

Jan 15th 2015, 4:37 PM 8,479 Views 5 Comments

Jacques Brunel has named four uncapped players in his 30-man Italy squad.

# first-test - Friday 6 June, 2014

What kind of Argentina team will Ireland be facing tomorrow in Chaco?
# Profiles
From The42
# Profiles

What kind of Argentina team will Ireland be facing tomorrow in Chaco?

Jun 6th 2014, 2:51 PM 6,367 Views 11 Comments

We’ve examined Los Pumas’ starting side ahead of their clash with Joe Schmidt’s men.

# first-test - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Seven things we want to see from Ireland in the Tests against Argentina
# Summer Tour
From The42
# Summer Tour

Seven things we want to see from Ireland in the Tests against Argentina

Jun 5th 2014, 12:00 PM 14,099 Views 19 Comments

From options at centre to a prayer on the wing. We don’t ask for much.

# first-test - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Kaino returns for All Blacks with three uncapped players named on bench
# World's Best
From The42
# World's Best

Kaino returns for All Blacks with three uncapped players named on bench

Jun 4th 2014, 7:04 PM 4,668 Views 10 Comments

Steve Hansen has selected an experienced starting XV to face England in the first Test on Saturday.

# first-test - Sunday 20 October, 2013

O'Loughlin slams wayward pros as Australia 'found out' in Cavan
# Down Blunder
From The42
# Down Blunder

O'Loughlin slams wayward pros as Australia 'found out' in Cavan

Oct 20th 2013, 11:24 AM 5,073 Views 5 Comments

The Australia coach declared he will not compromise on ‘effort and intensity’ ahead of the second test.

# first-test - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Ireland easily overcome Australia to win first test
# Report
From The42
# Report

Ireland easily overcome Australia to win first test

Oct 19th 2013, 9:13 PM 28,226 Views 43 Comments

Paul Earley’s side are in pole position in the International Rules series following their victory this evening.

# first-test - Saturday 22 June, 2013

'Yes we Kanye' for the Lions as North shines as attacking star in Brisbane
# Furious George
From The42
# Furious George

'Yes we Kanye' for the Lions as North shines as attacking star in Brisbane

Jun 22nd 2013, 8:00 PM 4,687 Views 6 Comments

The Welsh trio of Cuthbert, North and Halfpenny combined for all 23 of the Lions’ points.

How the Lions rated in their narrow win over the Wallabies
# Marks Out Of 10
From The42
# Marks Out Of 10

How the Lions rated in their narrow win over the Wallabies

Jun 22nd 2013, 1:15 PM 26,559 Views 96 Comments

The tourists did just enough to edge a terrific game down under.

As it happened: Lions v Australia, 2013 Tour From The42
Live Jun 22nd 2013, 1:00 PM

As it happened: Lions v Australia, 2013 Tour

'Nauseating. Terrifying. The pinnacle of your career' -- Former Lions on First Test thrill
# Lions 2013
From The42
# Lions 2013

'Nauseating. Terrifying. The pinnacle of your career' -- Former Lions on First Test thrill

Jun 22nd 2013, 8:01 AM 7,591 Views 11 Comments

David Wallace and Shane Byrne share their experiences of making Lions Test debuts in South Africa and New Zealand.

Breakfast with Lions: Sympathy for Quade and Sean's message for the haters out there
# Game Day
From The42
# Game Day

Breakfast with Lions: Sympathy for Quade and Sean's message for the haters out there

Jun 22nd 2013, 7:00 AM 3,725 Views 0 Comments

It’s not a proper tour until Simon Zebo sings. Time to get this thing going, so.

# first-test - Friday 21 June, 2013

Lions presented their Test jerseys ahead of first meeting with Australia
# Lions 2013
From The42
# Lions 2013

Lions presented their Test jerseys ahead of first meeting with Australia

Jun 21st 2013, 11:03 AM 4,812 Views 5 Comments

Someone needs to get Jamie Heaslip a belt… quick.

# first-test - Thursday 20 June, 2013

'O'Brien didn't put a foot wrong but has to watch from the stands' -- Shane Byrne
# Column
From The42
# Column

'O'Brien didn't put a foot wrong but has to watch from the stands' -- Shane Byrne

Jun 20th 2013, 5:30 PM 8,593 Views 5 Comments

The former Ireland and Lions hooker feels Warren Gatland has made a horses for courses selection in Dan Lydiate.

Beast behind St Patrick's Day massacre says Wallabies are brown bread
# New Yawk
From The42
# New Yawk

Beast behind St Patrick's Day massacre says Wallabies are brown bread

Jun 20th 2013, 2:21 PM 3,796 Views 1 Comment

Alex Corbisiero has a history of mincing Aussies, just ask Tom Court.

Lions scrumhalf Mike Phillips on shutting down Wallaby wizard Will Genia
# Magic Mike
From The42
# Magic Mike

Lions scrumhalf Mike Phillips on shutting down Wallaby wizard Will Genia

Jun 20th 2013, 1:15 PM 2,124 Views 1 Comment

“Things seem to tick off him,” remarks the Welshman, who teams up with Jonny Sexton on Saturday.

Heaslip the hero but Murray and O'Brien desperately unlucky to miss Lions cut
# Love Eight
From The42
# Love Eight

Heaslip the hero but Murray and O'Brien desperately unlucky to miss Lions cut

Jun 20th 2013, 7:15 AM 6,290 Views 14 Comments

The Ireland captain has gone from an original squad outsider to Warren Gatland’s first choice at the back of the pack.

4 Irishmen named in Lions team for First Test with Wallabies
# Lions 2013
From The42
# Lions 2013

4 Irishmen named in Lions team for First Test with Wallabies

Jun 20th 2013, 3:15 AM 20,323 Views 72 Comments

Sam Warburton will captain the side against Australia and is joined in the back row by Jamie Heaslip.

Genia and O'Connor team up as Australia name side for Lions Test
# Wallabies
From The42
# Wallabies

Genia and O'Connor team up as Australia name side for Lions Test

Jun 20th 2013, 12:26 AM 2,446 Views 2 Comments

Robbie Deans has named three debutants in a starting XV to be captained by lock James Horwill.

# first-test - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Lions legend Willie John McBride recalls the 1971 Tour to New Zealand
# Lions Great
From The42
# Lions Great

Lions legend Willie John McBride recalls the 1971 Tour to New Zealand

Jun 19th 2013, 9:30 PM 8,928 Views 12 Comments

We talk to the great man about his call-up shock in 1962 and defeating the mighty All Blacks in New Zealand.

Flashback: Springbok blitz catches the Lions on the hop in 2009
# Lions Classics
From The42
# Lions Classics

Flashback: Springbok blitz catches the Lions on the hop in 2009

Jun 19th 2013, 4:17 PM 2,740 Views 0 Comments

Paul O’Connell and David Wallace reflect on the lightning quick start made by South Africa in the First Test.

Lions fans unite: Braveheart, dragon, knight and... a leprechaun
# United Nations
From The42
# United Nations

Lions fans unite: Braveheart, dragon, knight and... a leprechaun

Jun 19th 2013, 2:30 PM 2,907 Views 1 Comment

We really must think of a more warrior-like national icon to dress up as.

# first-test - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Digby Ioane knee op forces Wallabies rethink on wing
# Lions 2013
From The42
# Lions 2013

Digby Ioane knee op forces Wallabies rethink on wing

May 22nd 2013, 11:54 AM 1,389 Views 1 Comment

The break-dancer is broken.

# first-test - Friday 8 June, 2012

Preview: Avoid front row woes and we will run the All Blacks very close
# First Test
From The42
# First Test

Preview: Avoid front row woes and we will run the All Blacks very close

Jun 8th 2012, 12:30 PM 2,550 Views 11 Comments

Hopes are high that Ireland can end a 107 year wait to beat the All Blacks but McCaw, Carter and Woodcock are not ones for rolling over.

# first-test - Friday 2 September, 2011

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend
# On The Box
From The42
# On The Box

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

Sep 2nd 2011, 2:08 PM 419 Views 0 Comments

Ireland face a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier, the Rabodirect Pro12 begins and the All-Ireland hurling final takes place all in the coming days.