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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# summer tour

Last year
2022
# Looking Forward
Ireland 'didn't fire any shots' in second Test but excited about the future after historic tour
Ireland’s first summer tour in Japan ended in a draw after the hosts rallied to win the second Test.
# Complete The Job
Backing it up in 40-degree heat and a taste of life as a pro athlete
Greg McWilliams’ side will take on Japan in their second Test of the summer tour.
# summer tour
McWilliams makes three changes for Ireland's second Test in Tokyo
The Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium hosts Saturday’s match.
# summer tour
Four uncapped players named in Ireland side for opening Japan Test
The Ireland women’s rugby team are in Japan for their first-ever summer tour.
All time
# 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.
# The Natural
'He's been coaching for two years in our environment': Schmidt excited to bring Payne's influence to Oz
The head coach has long viewed the Ulster man as an invaluable presence on the field, so his off-field presence will be more than welcome approaching the first Test against the Wallabies.
# 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 tour
Strong squad underlines Ireland's chances of series success in Australia
Joe Schmidt’s 32-man squad features two uncapped players and a host of proven stars.
# 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.
# summer tour
Wallabies could be without Will Genia against Ireland next month
Michael Cheika’s first-choice scrum-half picked up a knee injury in the heavy loss to Ronan O’Gara’s Crusaders.
# almost there
'I need those games' - SOB keen on Australia tour after missing Grand Slam
The 31-year-old expects to return for Leinster next week against Benetton.
# official business
Marius van der Westhuizen to referee Ireland's first Test against Australia
The South African was due to be assistant referee for Ireland’s Grand Slam victory in Twickenham, but was replaced after his involvement in an England training
# pack leader
Ex-Fiji lock joins Cheika's Wallabies as forwards coach in time for summer Tests against Ireland
Simon Raiwalui helped Stade Francais claim their Bouclier in 2015 and is currently working with Biarritz.
# full flight
Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan
Not content with sealing a record for himself, the Limerick man assisted five tries for five different scorers.
# top men
The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour
Ireland had some freedom to play in the US and Japan, but these men made the most of the chances.
# Reaction
50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms
It was far from the free-running rugby of the opening two Tests, but Ireland’s willingness to work was exemplified by their totemic lock.
AS IT HAPPENED
Japan v Ireland, summer tour
We’ve got an early minute-by-minute in store for you as Ireland wrap up their season in Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium.
# big in japan
Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season
The finale of a lengthy international campaign is your early-morning appetiser.
# young stalwart
Ringrose still soaking up information as he lines out for 11th straight Ireland Test
The Dubliner has been impressed by Japanese culture, but is wary of their Kiwi-esque style ahead of his final match of the season.
# jt hooker
'Even when I was fifth choice I was doing my own routine, training as best I could' -- Tracy primed for Ireland start
The Kildare man has been patient for province and country, but promises to grab any Test start opportunity with two hands.
# inspiration + perspiration
All the little affirmations paying off as Andrew Conway revels chance to wear Ireland jersey
The Munster wing says he was not consistent enough to earn international recognition before this year.
# Patience
Conan's no contrarian as he proves patience is a virtue
The back-row had to wait two years between his two Irish caps.
# Reaction
Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool looks even more manageable after this morning’s seven-try rout.
# record pace
Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan
Joe Schmidt’s side hit the 50-point mark for the second week running thanks to big displays from Earls and Jack Conan.
AS IT HAPPENED
Japan v Ireland, summer tour
We’re getting in a pre-breakfast helping of international rugby. There’s plenty for everyone.
# summer memories
Quiz: How well do you remember Ireland's last tour of Japan?
Cast your mind all the way back to 2005.
# familiar feel
Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week
Experimentation has taken a back seat this week after five new caps were unleashed against the US.
# Team news
Schmidt makes six changes to Ireland side ahead of Japan Test
Off the back of a comprehensive win over the US Eagles, Ireland face stiffer competition in Shizuoka on Saturday.
# hot and heavy
JVDF ready to do without scrum cap again as Ireland board bullet train
The flanker reckons it’s around 15 years since he played without headgear, but the heat in New Jersey and Japan has forced a change.
# summer tour
Wasps flanker Young among 9 uncapped in Wales squad to meet Tonga in Auckland
Wales’ meeting forms one half of a double header in Eden Park with the All Blacks meeting Samoa in the main event.
# brothers grin
'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate
Staving off jet-lag is the first job for Joe Schmidt’s squad after arriving in Japan yesterday.
# repertoire
Ringrose will continue to hone kicking skills, but it may be a while before you see him with the tee again
The centre landed a beauty from the sideline in New Jersey, but it won’t necessarily become a regular occurence.
# tokyo drift
In pics: Ireland get out of the Tokyo heat with a pool session
All that was missing was a bit of aqua aerobics.
# sayonara
Blow for Ireland as Carbery will miss rest of summer tour
The out-half will be sidelined for four weeks with an ankle injury.
# summer tour
Ryan enjoying leadership role while also finding his own feet at international level
The Munster prop is one of the older members of the squad but Saturday’s game against USA was his first start in a green shirt.
AS IT HAPPENED
US Eagles v Ireland, summer tour
We’re going minute-by-minute as Joe Schmidt’s young squad meet the USA in New Jersey.
# 2019 PREVIEW
Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania
The eastern European side are also likely to be part of Ireland’s pool at the next World Cup.
# summer tour
In pictures: Ireland hit the ice baths after training as temperatures hit 30 degrees in New York
Joe Schmidt’s side face USA Eagles tomorrow night.
# new york state of mind
'Obviously when I got this opportunity I wondered would I ever play against Ireland'
AJ MacGinty will come up against a few familiar faces in New Jersey tomorrow night as he continues his international adventure with USA.
# Still got it
'It's gas, he hasn't lost it': ROG shows off silky skills at Ireland training
Keith Earls is enjoying spending time with his former team-mate in New Jersey.