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# Guinness Series

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# IRESAF
Guinness Series: Leinster front-row ready to answer Ireland's call thanks to some insider trading
“Are you going to change your name to Richardt O’Strauss?” asked a South African reporter. We copyrighted that joke last month.
# IRESAF
Guinness Series: Kidney energised after throwing the selectorial dice
“If you are going to play the best you want them to be at their strongest,” insisted the Irish coach.
# Guinness Series
New direction: Faith shown in Heaslip as the man to lead Ireland forward
The Leinster man held off stiff competition from Jonny Sexton to land the role of captaining Ireland against the Springboks.
# Hair raising
Guinness Series: Reddan insists he can front up to massive Springbok challenge
The Leinster scrum-half is keen to put an end to claims he is a defensive weak-spot.
# identical
Here's your 'Separated at birth?' pic of the day
We know how JP Pietersen feels.
# poc out
Oh dear! Paul O'Connell ruled out of Springbok clash
The second row suffered a reaction to a back injury this week and must watch from the stands.
# IRESAF
Guinness Series: Jean de Villiers eager to pile on the misery for old Munster friends
The Springbok captain is set to take on Keith Earls in the centre of the park on Saturday.
# decision 2012
Poll: Who would you pick as Ireland captain?
Who’s man enough for the job?
# Guinness Series
Ireland wary of the long-distance threat posed by South Africa's Pienaar
Coach Mark Tainton feels the Irish players need to keep their defensive discipline or face the kicking consequences.
# Forward Thinking
Guinness Series: Ryan hoping to knock the stuffing from the Springboks
The Munster forward believes he has been bred for rugby challenges that sides like South Africa are sure to pose.
# Captain's run
O'Connell set to assume Irish captaincy as he clears another fitness hurdle
Declan Fitzpatrick is back in Belfast, meaning Michael Bent is in line for matchday 23 inclusion.
# Springboks
Northern lights: Meyer 'concerned' by South African exodus to Ireland
The Springbok coach insisted he was happy for Richardt Strauss, but lamented the decreasing depth of talent in his home country.
# Winning Feeling
The Morning Score: Monday
The club championships continued apace and there was joy and heartache in equal measure, something Derry City and St Pat’s could tell you all about.
# Blow
Stephen Ferris ruled out of upcoming Ireland internationals
The Ulster forward suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s PRO12 win over Edinburgh at Ravenhill.
# love eight
Guinness Series: Heaslip ready to mix it with the 'big boys' from South Africa
‘Make no bones about it, they’re big boys and they come at you hard,” declared the Leinster forward.
# sort of homecoming
Pumas: Contepomi in, Albacete ruled out of November Tests
Argentina will be without the inspirational lock for their three Tests this month, but Dr. Phil is in line for a return to Dublin 4.
# big man down
Here's a worrying image of Stephen Ferris to give you 'Bok-themed nightmares tonight
It was another rout in Ravenhill for Ulster tonight, but as you can see, the news was not all good.
# n.k.o.t.b
Robbie Henshaw could step in and do the job for Ireland – Connacht coach
The Australian, who has coached James O’Connor and Leigh Halfpenny, knows a thing or two about hyped fullbacks.
# Honour
'It would be an awfully proud moment to captain Ireland' - Jamie Heaslip
The absence of the injured Brian O’Driscoll has thrown the Leinster forward into the captaincy mix.
# new recruit
Munster's Denis Hurley drafted into Ireland squad as fullback cover
Ronan O’Gara, meanwhile, has been cleared to play against Cardiff on Friday.
# Injury Woes
Kidney laments loss of O'Driscoll but predicts early return
The Ireland coach feels the Leinster star could return for the final rounds of the Heineken Cup.
# new guy
Michael Bent may start for Leinster ahead of Ireland's November Series
The Kiwi prop looks set to feature against Ospreys in an effort to give him some crucial game-time.
# Double Blow
Injury rules Brian O'Driscoll and Rory Best out of November Series
Ireland have lost the services of their in-form hooker and inspirational captain.
# autumn internationals
The Ireland squad gathered for training today, here's how they look
Have a gander at how the team is shaping up. Plus, Michael Bent hurls.
# Silly Season
It’s bank holiday Monday, so here are 39 reasons to love (or hate) rugby
It’s more than just a bunch of guys getting intimate with other guys’ thighs.
# new faces
Seven players added to Ireland training squad for Guinness series
Meanwhile, Brian O’Driscoll’s ankle injury is not as serious as first feared, but he will be monitored.
# old foe
Hooked up: Springboks call up Schalk Brits for November Test against Ireland
The injured Bryan Habana is out but there are spots for Ruan Pienaar, CJ van der Linde and Jean de Villiers.
# Engage
Chris Henry's journey from 'wee blonde prop' to Ulster captain
The Belfast native will lead his province into tonight’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Newport Gwent Dragons.
# o'springbok
Strauss is the real deal for Ireland - Bernard Jackman
The former Leinster hooker has tipped the forward to start against his native South Africa next month.
# holding back
Gert Smal: 'I want to beat South Africa more than any Irishman'
Ireland’s South African forwards coach has his own reasons for ambushing the ‘Boks.
# Testing times
'We're happy with our attack and defence,' Kidney says after bolstering backroom
Anthony Foley and Greg Feek have been recalled to the setup, but the existing coaches insist the changes will be minor.
# Wish list
Here's the 6 things Declan Kidney wants from Ireland in November
The Ireland head coach had his game-face on.
# Internationals
Kearney and Henry declare themselves ready for Ireland duty
“The number seven position is my home now,” declared the Ulster flanker ahead of the November Series announcement.
# buzz words
Engage: Paul O'Connell says inconsistent Ireland have not regressed since Grand Slam
In the second of our big, weekly rugby interviews, Patrick McCarry caught up with the Munster and Ireland legend.
# new wave
Brian O’Driscoll rules out retirement and targets World Cup success
The inspirational captain has called on his teammates to go on a winning streak and bring some passion back to the green jersey.
# triple blow
Injury toll: Sean O'Brien ruled out until December
The flanker will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his hip, a problem also being suffered by Dave Kearney and Rhys Ruddock.
# November Gain
Cheers to that: Springboks and Pumas to tackle Ireland in Guinness Series
Aviva matches confirmed against Argentina and South Africa and a day at the Park for Wolfhounds