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#November Tests

# november-tests - Thursday 15 November, 2018

'It was a stupid thing, a rush of blood to the head really. I was so riled up'
# Mixed Memories
From The42
# Mixed Memories

'It was a stupid thing, a rush of blood to the head really. I was so riled up'

Nov 15th 2018, 10:23 AM 15,734 Views 21 Comments

From the low of being sent off in New Plymouth, to the career-high of Chicago in 2016, Jamie Heaslip has mixed memories of playing the All Blacks.

# november-tests - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

'I'd be lucky to be tying my laces at 36': Dynamic Taylor's admiration for stalwart Rory Best
# Clash Of Styles
From The42
# Clash Of Styles

'I'd be lucky to be tying my laces at 36': Dynamic Taylor's admiration for stalwart Rory Best

Nov 14th 2018, 8:05 AM 12,727 Views 25 Comments

‘Saturday is going to be a bloody physical battle,’ says Codie Taylor, a hooker cut from very different cloth to his opposite number.

'He's not afraid of pulling the trigger': Barrett sees a lot of familiar traits in Sexton
# Perfect 10s
From The42
# Perfect 10s

'He's not afraid of pulling the trigger': Barrett sees a lot of familiar traits in Sexton

Nov 14th 2018, 2:25 AM 8,357 Views 1 Comment

The world player of the year nominees will go head-to-head on Saturday.

'If you are too emotional, you'll miss a beat and against these guys it's seven points'
# Focused On The Job
From The42
# Focused On The Job

'If you are too emotional, you'll miss a beat and against these guys it's seven points'

Nov 14th 2018, 12:15 AM 7,517 Views 4 Comments

Peter O’Mahony is awaiting his first win over the All Blacks, but a personal agenda is not driving the Munster captain this week.

# november-tests - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

No 2016 grudging, just respect as All Blacks pitch up in Dublin
# Here And Now
From The42
# Here And Now

No 2016 grudging, just respect as All Blacks pitch up in Dublin

Nov 13th 2018, 8:46 PM 37,424 Views 27 Comments

‘You don’t need to dip into the past to find a desire to play and play well.’

Going home to be a father keeps All Black challenge in perspective for Earls
# Just Another Game
From The42
# Just Another Game

Going home to be a father keeps All Black challenge in perspective for Earls

Nov 13th 2018, 5:27 PM 9,582 Views 4 Comments

The 31-year-old is set to face New Zealand for the fifth time on Saturday.

All Blacks braced for Ireland 'trying to suffocate us with possession'
# Relentless
From The42
# Relentless

All Blacks braced for Ireland 'trying to suffocate us with possession'

Nov 13th 2018, 5:25 PM 9,630 Views 4 Comments

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster hopes to see his side meet Ireland head on and in the air.

Beauden Barrett happily adapting to get 'excited about chasing kicks'
# Northern Exposure
From The42
# Northern Exposure

Beauden Barrett happily adapting to get 'excited about chasing kicks'

Nov 13th 2018, 4:14 PM 8,081 Views 1 Comment

The All Black number 10 is keen to embrace the varied conditions that the northern hemisphere offers

Kearney, Ringrose and Marmion 'on the right track' to face the All Blacks
# Making Progress
From The42
# Making Progress

Kearney, Ringrose and Marmion 'on the right track' to face the All Blacks

Nov 13th 2018, 2:21 PM 6,244 Views 54 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s squad trained at their base at Carton House this morning.

Sexton: 'Every chance you get to play the All Blacks is a very special thing'
# The Ultimate Test
From The42
# The Ultimate Test

Sexton: 'Every chance you get to play the All Blacks is a very special thing'

Nov 13th 2018, 7:00 AM 4,437 Views 3 Comments

The out-half will face the world champions for the 12th time on Saturday, and is determined to help drive Ireland to new heights.

'Rog didn't see himself like the boys saw him, as a legend of international rugby'
# Confidence Is Key
From The42
# Confidence Is Key

'Rog didn't see himself like the boys saw him, as a legend of international rugby'

Nov 13th 2018, 6:46 AM 14,750 Views 8 Comments

Crusaders star Ryan Crotty is grateful for the influence of Ronan O’Gara — even when he’s away on national duty.

'We’ve been penalised a lot by him so need to be wary of our discipline'
# Man In The Middle
From The42
# Man In The Middle

'We’ve been penalised a lot by him so need to be wary of our discipline'

Nov 13th 2018, 1:01 AM 10,599 Views 23 Comments

Wayne Barnes is the man in the middle for Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks.

# november-tests - Monday 12 November, 2018

'You can't lie about it and say it's just another game': Sexton eyes more history
# One Versus Two
From The42
# One Versus Two

'You can't lie about it and say it's just another game': Sexton eyes more history

Nov 12th 2018, 5:01 PM 8,719 Views 6 Comments

The out-half knows what it takes to beat the All Blacks, and wants this Ireland team to seize their moment on Saturday.

'He was a great player back then and he's come on leaps and bounds': Crotty braced for Aki reunion
# Familiar Foe
From The42
# Familiar Foe

'He was a great player back then and he's come on leaps and bounds': Crotty braced for Aki reunion

Nov 12th 2018, 3:33 PM 15,604 Views 10 Comments

The Connacht star will have a big role to play against the nation of his birth on Saturday.

Sexton backs 'smart' call to plan for All Blacks showdown without Murray
# Move On
From The42
# Move On

Sexton backs 'smart' call to plan for All Blacks showdown without Murray

Nov 12th 2018, 3:14 PM 22,519 Views 14 Comments

The out-half says playing alongside Kieran Marmion or Luke McGrath won’t alter the way Ireland play.

Henshaw and Murray ruled out of Ireland's clash with the All Blacks
# Squad Update
From The42
# Squad Update

Henshaw and Murray ruled out of Ireland's clash with the All Blacks

Nov 12th 2018, 1:17 PM 14,153 Views 39 Comments

Henshaw pulled up with a tight hamstring on Saturday, and will miss the rest of the autumnal programme.

'I don't know if the lineout was too bad': Henderson focuses on the positives
# Work To Do
From The42
# Work To Do

'I don't know if the lineout was too bad': Henderson focuses on the positives

Nov 12th 2018, 6:00 AM 5,329 Views 9 Comments

The Ulster second row had a strong game against Argentina, but the lineout struggles were a cause for concern.

# november-tests - Sunday 11 November, 2018

'Hopefully I've put my hand up but that's for Joe and the coaches to decide'
# Audition
From The42
# Audition

'Hopefully I've put my hand up but that's for Joe and the coaches to decide'

Nov 11th 2018, 7:15 AM 19,502 Views 72 Comments

Kieran Marmion hopes he gets the chance to start against the All Blacks next weekend.

'I'm still bleeding from that game in 2013... Chicago was a full bandage'
# Main Event
From The42
# Main Event

'I'm still bleeding from that game in 2013... Chicago was a full bandage'

Nov 11th 2018, 7:00 AM 36,990 Views 11 Comments

Joe Schmidt and Ireland turn their attention to the All Blacks after overcoming Argentina.

'It's difficult for them to be bad two games in a row': Ledesma's word of warning
# Mario
From The42
# Mario

'It's difficult for them to be bad two games in a row': Ledesma's word of warning

Nov 11th 2018, 1:30 AM 19,492 Views 11 Comments

The Argentina head coach was in good form at his post-match press conference.

# november-tests - Saturday 10 November, 2018

Schmidt provides update on injuries to Henshaw, Marmion and Aki
# Injury Report
From The42
# Injury Report

Schmidt provides update on injuries to Henshaw, Marmion and Aki

Nov 10th 2018, 10:53 PM 25,977 Views 43 Comments

The Ireland head coach is confident all three will be fit and available for selection next week.

'I was thinking 'here we go, déjà vu...':  Gatland thrilled to turn tables on Australia
# November Tests
From The42
# November Tests

'I was thinking 'here we go, déjà vu...': Gatland thrilled to turn tables on Australia

Nov 10th 2018, 10:22 PM 8,866 Views 1 Comment

Wales are in red hot form as this marks their seventh straight win.

Drama in Paris as Springboks score 85th minute try to take victory
# The Rassie-lution
From The42
# The Rassie-lution

Drama in Paris as Springboks score 85th minute try to take victory

Nov 10th 2018, 10:16 PM 15,043 Views 8 Comments

Hooker Mbongeni Mbonami scored at the death to cap an enthralling closing act.

How we rated Joe Schmidt's Ireland in the 11-point victory over Argentina
# Out Of 10
From The42
# Out Of 10

How we rated Joe Schmidt's Ireland in the 11-point victory over Argentina

Nov 10th 2018, 8:35 PM 28,511 Views 98 Comments

James Ryan, Bundee Aki, Peter O’Mahony and Dan Leavy were the standout performers at the Aviva.

Ryan outstanding as scrappy Ireland overcome Pumas challenge in Dublin
# Battle
From The42
# Battle

Ryan outstanding as scrappy Ireland overcome Pumas challenge in Dublin

Nov 10th 2018, 8:25 PM 40,890 Views 133 Comments

Joe Schmidt and his team have plenty to work on before the All Blacks visit next weekend.

As it happened: Ireland v Argentina, November Tests From The42
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As it happened: Ireland v Argentina, November Tests

Rare Barrett drop-goal helps New Zealand scrape comeback win over England
# November Tests
From The42
# November Tests

Rare Barrett drop-goal helps New Zealand scrape comeback win over England

Nov 10th 2018, 5:18 PM 20,996 Views 49 Comments

The world champs battled back from 15 points down, but will be breathing a sigh of relief to escape Twickenham with victory.

Italy silence cull call with four-try win over Georgia
# Grudge Match
From The42
# Grudge Match

Italy silence cull call with four-try win over Georgia

Nov 10th 2018, 4:01 PM 13,401 Views 11 Comments

Conor O’Shea’s men bounced back from last week’s drubbing against Ireland to beat their closest-ranked rivals.

'Years ago everything was done through fear of losing': Earls admires healthy confidence of new breed
# Mental Skills
From The42
# Mental Skills

'Years ago everything was done through fear of losing': Earls admires healthy confidence of new breed

Nov 10th 2018, 7:50 AM 6,341 Views 3 Comments

The Ireland wing has developed a quiet confidence through the years and an ability to stop himself from doing unnecessary damage to his body.

'Johnny doesn't play bad games, his 7/10 is a poor game'
# Nominee
From The42
# Nominee

'Johnny doesn't play bad games, his 7/10 is a poor game'

Nov 10th 2018, 7:20 AM 7,827 Views 28 Comments

Brian O’Driscoll is in no doubt as to who he is voting for for the World Player of the Year award.

Poll: Who do you think will win tonight's Ireland-Argentina match?
# Have Your Say
From The42
# Have Your Say

Poll: Who do you think will win tonight's Ireland-Argentina match?

Nov 10th 2018, 7:00 AM 8,901 Views 9 Comments

The sides meet at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

# november-tests - Friday 9 November, 2018

Read invites England to 'do what they like' after Eddie Jones' Spice Girls jibe
# Who Do You Think You Are
From The42
# Who Do You Think You Are

Read invites England to 'do what they like' after Eddie Jones' Spice Girls jibe

Nov 9th 2018, 10:00 PM 23,617 Views 28 Comments

The England head coach hopes that the cultural challenge doesn’t hold much significance that close to kick-off.

'I'm scarred by them from 1999 and 2007. They're still a bogey team for us'
# Los Pumas
From The42
# Los Pumas

'I'm scarred by them from 1999 and 2007. They're still a bogey team for us'

Nov 9th 2018, 5:22 PM 7,521 Views 5 Comments

Brian O’Driscoll doesn’t have happy memories of coming up against Argentina.

Sean O'Brien and his 'contagious confidence' back to boost Ireland
# Magnificent 7
From The42
# Magnificent 7

Sean O'Brien and his 'contagious confidence' back to boost Ireland

Nov 9th 2018, 6:30 AM 9,884 Views 11 Comments

O’Brien’s stubborn streak was key in his return to fitness, says Joe Schmidt.

Schmidt promises a place in the stands for players looking beyond Argentina
# Blackout Zone
From The42
# Blackout Zone

Schmidt promises a place in the stands for players looking beyond Argentina

Nov 9th 2018, 1:56 AM 11,446 Views 4 Comments

‘One of the dangers that they understand fully is any look that far ahead (and) they compromise what they deliver this weekend.’

# november-tests - Thursday 8 November, 2018

'Are we currently comfortable with where we're at? We're never comfortable'
# Work In Progress
From The42
# Work In Progress

'Are we currently comfortable with where we're at? We're never comfortable'

Nov 8th 2018, 9:40 PM 8,721 Views 8 Comments

While Joe Schmidt says he has good depth in certain positions, there is still much work to do.

Stander straining at the leash after a rare weekend off
# Cj
From The42
# Cj

Stander straining at the leash after a rare weekend off

Nov 8th 2018, 7:00 PM 6,845 Views 21 Comments

The number eight watched Ireland and Munster at home last week, but returns to a familiar-looking back row for Argentina.

'He's been through a tough time, but it's great to see him back out there'
# Seánie
From The42
# Seánie

'He's been through a tough time, but it's great to see him back out there'

Nov 8th 2018, 5:33 PM 7,680 Views 11 Comments

Seán O’Brien is back and ready to win his 52nd cap for Ireland this weekend, 12 months after his last.

Big stage for Larmour to shine, O'Brien back and one unlucky lock misses out
# Reaction
From The42
# Reaction

Big stage for Larmour to shine, O'Brien back and one unlucky lock misses out

Nov 8th 2018, 5:05 PM 30,962 Views 55 Comments

The All Blacks loom large as Joe Schmidt named his team to face Argentina.

Schmidt confident of having injured duo back fit and firing for All Blacks clash
# Progressing Well
From The42
# Progressing Well

Schmidt confident of having injured duo back fit and firing for All Blacks clash

Nov 8th 2018, 4:34 PM 5,993 Views 8 Comments

Both Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose were close to being fit for Saturday.