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# summer tests

Last year
# summer tests
North and Jones included as Wales call up uncapped Reffell for SA tour
Jonathan Davies and Callum Sheedy have been left out by Wayne Pivac.
All time
# summer tests
Cokanasiga marks Test return with a brace as experimental England beat USA
Athlone’s Luke Carty kicked nine points for the USA, but England ran out 43-29 winners at Twickenham.
# Starter's Orders
'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney
The winger has been working on his aerial ability over the last two weeks ahead of his return to the Test arena.
# player profile
Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena
The 23-year-old out-half is poised to make his Ireland debut in Sydney on Saturday after an excellent season with Leinster.
# Wildcard
Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss
The mercurial talent was just 21 the last time he started a Test for England.
# Rookie
Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney
21-year-old in line for his sixth cap on Saturday, and hopes to play his part in a famous series win.
# 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.
# player ratings
Peter 'turnover' O'Mahony leads from the front as Ireland deliver their season's best
Here’s how we rated Joe Schmidt’s men in Melbourne.
# summer tests
Erasmus' Springboks come from behind again to seal series win over England
That’s now six defeats in a row for Eddie Jones’ side.
# kobe beef
'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory
Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.
# 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.
# right the wrongs
'You kind of forget what losing feels like. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, it's horrible'
Tadhg Furlong is back in Ireland’s starting XV and desperate to rediscover that winning feeling in Melbourne.
# prop idol
The Beast to reach Springbok landmark as Erasmus names team for England
Erasmus hails Mtawarira as ‘a great servant of the game’ ahead of his 100th appearance for South Africa.
# starting XV
Shields in for full debut as England drop Robshaw for second Springboks Test
Eddie Jones has made two changes in personnel as his side look to halt their losing run.
# fresh faces
Back row revamp as France make five changes for All Blacks revenge mission
Les Bleus are trailing in the series heading to Wellington.
# so many siblings
Brothers in arms as Townsend rings the changes for Scotland's clash with USA
The teams meet in Houston on Saturday.
# the boks
'We have to try a few things': Erasmus to change winning formula against England
South Africa are seeking a series win in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
# 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.
# Black Ops
A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash
The citing commissioner decided that Ofa Tu’ungafasi’s shoulder-leading tackle was “just short of” a red card.
# stay the course
'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat
The Kiwi cut a frustrated but not panicked figure after a rare loss yesterday.
# Boks Are Back
Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak
It was a 10-try thriller in Ellis Park.
# sacrebleu
France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital
Jacques Brunel isn’t happy, and rightly so.
# On your marks!
Player ratings as Ireland taste defeat for first time in 15 months
The streak is over.
Australia v Ireland, first Test
We followed all the action from Brisbane as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland faced the Wallabies in their summer series opener.
# black and bleu
Controversial yellow the turning point as 8-try New Zealand rout France
The All Blacks racked up 41 points in the final half hour with France unable to recover from the setback.
# remarkable rise
Jordan Larmour: The prodigiously talented wonderkid who was always destined for the top
A dream debut season has exceeded all expectations, but the 20-year-old’s remarkable rise comes as no surprise to those close to him.
# the caller
Fit and raring to go again, Henderson settling into leadership role in Ireland's lineout
The Ulster second row continues his partnership with James Ryan against Australia on Saturday.
# summer tests
The Rugby Show: Carbery's big chance, Schmidt's rotation and first Test predictions
Murray Kinsella joined Ryan Bailey to discuss the Ireland team for Saturday’s first Test against the Wallabies.
# Team news
Dragons forward to captain Wales for the first time as Gatland rings the changes
Wales face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.
# summer tests
Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series
Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn have both been ruled out.
# summer tests
Wasps second row gives England fitness scare ahead of first Test against South Africa
Joe Launchbury is a doubt for Saturday’s clash in Johannesburg.
# summer tests
Folau: 'I don't really know too much about Ireland'
The controversial Australia star was speaking in Brisbane this morning ahead of next weekend’s first Test.
# summer tests
Jenkins to captain Gatland's Wales as North moves to centre against Springboks
Wales face Rassie Erasmus’ Boks in Washington on Saturday.
# summer tests
Australia's Reece Hodge believes Ireland are 'the form team in the world'
The Wallabies face Joe Schmidt’s side in a three-Test series, starting in Brisbane on 9 June.
# back in bleu
Teddy Thomas recalled to France squad for All Blacks series
Mathieu Bastareaud’s responsibilities will be increased with captain Guilhem Guirado rested.
# New Jersey
Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA
Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan both crossed for debut tries on a difficult day for Joey Carbery.
# dangerous den
Solomona turns from villain to deliver late heroics for England in Argentina
The league convert had looked suspect for some of England’s concessions, but bounced off tacklers to deliver a dramatic win for Eddie Jones’ side.
# Reaction
Rough day for Carbery, American dream debut for Ryan and more talking points from NJ
Nine tries, five debutants, but still plenty of room for improvement.
# prop life
'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more'
From Ireland U20s to the senior squad in the space of 12 months, Andrew Porter’s meteoric rise continues at some pace.
# opportunity knocks
Open thread: Who would you like to see get their chance when Ireland face USA?
Joe Schmidt will name his team for Saturday’s Test in New York later today.