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# Second Test

Last year
2022
# Allegiance
'She's eligible for Ireland' - Former England back row Brown set for debut in green
The Worcester back row was previously capped seven times by the Red Roses.
# full strength
Sexton starts for Ireland again but Carbery hasn't been denied chances
There are outside concerns about the out-half’s welfare and Ireland’s depth.
# Selection
Hansen back in Ireland mix as Farrell weighs up changes for second Test
The Ireland head coach’s options are limited in some areas of his team.
# HIA
Sexton not yet ruled out of Ireland's second Test against the All Blacks
The captain was forced off in the first half of today’s first Test.
All time
# Controversy
The talking is finally done and the Lions have a shot at the series
The kicking and set-piece contests will be crucial again this evening.
# Bomb Squad
The Lions and Boks' changes indicate another brutal, heavyweight Test
The South Africans have reverted to a 6/2 bench as the Lions reshuffle their XV.
# Team news
Conor Murray starts as Lions make three changes for second Test
The Munster and Ireland scrum-half comes into the starting XV in place of Ali Price.
Lions and Springboks will name teams tomorrow ahead of second Test
Both camps will have weighed up changes to their starting XVs.
# Social Media
Lions will go through 'appropriate channels' as Erasmus' Twitter antics continue
The SA Rugby director of rugby is strongly suspected of having set up a fake profile.
# all to play for
'Nothing feels monumental when it’s one-all': Schmidt focused on winning series in Sydney
The Ireland head coach isn’t getting carried away, as he turns his attention to next week’s deciding Test.
# scans
Munster's Scannell sprung into starting role to salvage frustrating season
The Cork man was only called up after Rory Best’s injury but now finds himself in the starting XV.
# 13
Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line
The 23-year-old is fully aware of the challenge that awaits as he steps back into the Test arena on Saturday.
# Poey
'That’s not a very nice term to use' - Michael Cheika hits back at Neil Francis
The ex-Ireland international labelled David Pocock ‘a cancer on the game’.
# Mix it up
Scannell and Conway start as Schmidt rings changes for second Test
Tadhg Beirne could make his Ireland debut from the bench in Melbourne.
# Under Starter's Orders
Sexton: 'It's like a different type of game when you're on the bench'
The out-half found himself in an unfamiliar position last week, but is set to take centre stage again in Melbourne.
# Mix it up
Earls must complete HIA protocols but team changes will strengthen Ireland
Joe Schmidt is set to bring back in the likes of Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose.
# Lions
'The underdog always has his day. I certainly wouldn't back against us'
Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has seen confidence in the tourists this week.
# main man
'We’ve a good relationship - apart from trying to kill each other at the Aviva!'
Johnny Sexton takes over at 10 for the Lions tomorrow, with his good friend Owen Farrell moving to 12.
# disappointing
Ireland concede 29 second-half points as South Africa win second Test
There’s all to play for in the series next week.
# Skills
Trimble 'nutmeg' leads to opening try for Ireland as they dominate first half
Devin Toner was the man to cross the whitewash at Ellis Park.
# big calls
Roux set for Ireland debut as Schmidt makes five changes for second Test
Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Tadhg Furlong and Rhys Ruddock all start for Ireland.
AS IT HAPPENED
Argentina v Ireland, summer tour 2nd Test
We went minute-by-minute as the Six Nations champions sought a rare, southern hemisphere series win.
# audition
McFadden handed Ireland's 13 shirt as Schmidt makes eight changes
Noel Reid, Rob Herring and James Cronin could make their debuts from the bench against Argentina.
# One Down
They already have a trophy but Paul O'Connell eager to wrap up Argentinean series win
The Ireland captain was happy with his team’s victory at Estadio Centenario but admitted his team’s performance was lacking.
# new faces
Johnny Doyle and Ciarán McKeever added to Irish squad
The Kildare and Armagh players will link up with Paul Earley’s squad for the second International Rules test.
# Lads Go Wild
Reports: Australian International Rules players in the dock for late night party
The Aussies have been ordered to focus on next Saturday’s second test at Croke Park.
# Recovery
Aidan Walsh thanks fans for support after injury, says he's ready for second test
The Cork midfielder suffered a bad knock on his knee in Cavan on Saturday.
# roo's bounce back
The champagne is on ice and so is Warburton's hamstring after 2nd Test loss
The Lions captain has a hamstring strain and is a big doubt for the final Test.
# fireman's lift
Rugby bully George North lifts Folau onto his shoulders and takes him for a ride
“Come with me if you want to live!”
AS IT HAPPENED
Lions v Australia, Second Test – 2013 Tour
The Wallabies threw the kitchen sink and Israel Folau at the Lions as they sought to keep the series alive.
# hulk smash
The Incredible Welsh Hulk eager to take it to Australia and close out series
“The overriding feeling is one of excitement,” declared the winger. “We’re ready for the challenge
# Lions 2013
'It was gladiatorial. Even now it gives me shivers' - Shane Horgan on the Lions
The former Ireland and Lions winger re-lives his experiences on the 2005 tour to New Zealand.
# Down Under
Breakfast with Lions: Match point in Melbourne
After a win in the first Test, Warren G’s man have the series in their sights but don’t expect the Aussies to go down without a fight.
# Second Test
Shane Byrne: Gatland makes a statement as he goes for brute force gameplan
The former Ireland and Lions hooker feels ‘tackling machine’ Dan Lydiate has been drafted in to shut Will Genia down.
# Perfect 10
Sexton taking history lessons to give Lions claws in attack
The Lions out half knows this is his chance to make the most out of a short career.
# Lions 2013
Leo Cullen backs Leinster teammate Heaslip to make winning difference for Lions
‘Jamie was probably our best player at the end of the season and he carried that form into the Lions tour’.
# column
'If the Lions don't win tomorrow, I fear for the series' - David Wallace
The former Ireland Lions flanker believes the second Test will top the first for sheer, nerve-shredding tension.
# in bod they trust
"It'll be a cauldron of noise" Waltzing O'Driscoll girls primed for 2nd Test battle
Attempts to deliver a box of Barry’s Tea to the Lions team hotel in Melbourne was met with nonplussed reaction by staff at the front desk.
# finger wag
George North feels horrendous for taunting Will Genia before Lions wonder try
The Welsh winger has copped some grief after pointing his finger towards Will Genia’s face before sliding over to score.
# Team news
Tommy Bowe starts as Lions ring the changes for 2nd Test with Australia
Sean O’Brien and Conor Murray are drafted up to the bench and Mike Phillips drops out of the squad.