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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# summer tour

All time
# state of mind
Four years on from passenger's role in North America, Marmion intent on putting his stamp on tour
The Connacht scrum-half jokes that meeting JJ Watt was one the highlights of the last tour to the US as he was left out of both matchday squads.
# career path
Geordan Murphy would have liked to get Ireland's coaching call too
Three backs-focused coaches are helping Ireland’s summer tour preparations, but Murphy feels caught between two stools as an Irishman in the English system.
# tod
Tommy O'Donnell ruled out injured as Ruddock appointed Ireland captain for summer tour
Ulster’s Sean Reidy will replace the Munster man once the squad get to Japan for the second and third matches of their tour.
# Ambition
Munster back row O'Donoghue keen to 'kick on' with Ireland on summer tour
The 23-year-old understands that he must prove himself to Joe Schmidt at provincial level again.
# too little too late
Willie le Roux given one-week ban for aerial hit on Tiernan O'Halloran
The fullback was fortunate not to be issued a red card in the first half of yesterday’s Test.
# bolstered
'Anyone not on the pitch feels they can add something': Murphy fresh and ready to make history in Port Elizabeth
Jamie Heaslip will be joined by Jordi Murphy and CJ Stander again this weekend.
# known unknowns
'There will be something new from the Irish': Boks expect to see much more of Ireland's attacking threat
The South Africa coach is prepared for Andrew Trimble to take on more of the carrying workload.
# boks it off
Schmidt 'utterly confident' Ireland have the energy to end long season with series win
The Kiwi says his players are always motivated and won’t need reminding before Saturday’s deciding third Test.
'It's never as simple as putting players on and saying, 'He'll freshen things up'' - Joe Schmidt
The Kiwi explains his thought process behind delaying the introduction of his replacement backs as Ireland faded in Jo’burg.
# On the Move
Henshaw flies home to see knee specialist as Ireland regroup to go 'full steam'
Joe Schmidt’s squad went for a dip in the Indian Ocean this morning as they recovered ahead of next Saturday’s big third Test.
# bok knocks
Vermeulen top of Springbok injury concerns ahead of series-deciding third Test
The dramatic comeback against Ireland could have come at a cost.
# outside the boks
Ireland hoping to show more attacking threat in once-a-decade chance in South Africa
Joe Schmidt’s side looked more fluid in attack last weekend before the red card forced a tactical shift.
# series on the line
'The Springboks aren’t going to hand history to us, we have to take it ourselves'
The odds are against Ireland in Johannesburg this weekend, but it didn’t stop them last time.
# playmaker
Paddy Jackson aiming to get familiar faces outside him firing in Johannesburg
Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw are the only non-Ulster backs named for Ireland this weekend.
# cool cat
One word from Mike Ross and this cheetah would tear you limb from limb
Or at least that’s how much of a boss the prop looks on this trip to a Joburg wildlife park.
# Another level
South Africa will be 'absolutely foaming at the mouth', says Ross as he gears up for altitude
The prop also mentions the rallying call from Rory Best that kick-started a most incredible victory.
# winging it
Andrew Trimble can't wait to get back to 'the day job', after beating Boks as a flanker
‘I was there, taking the credit! Like I had anything to do with it all happening!’
South Africa v Ireland, Summer Tour
Your blow-by-blow updates from Cape Town are right here.
# saru
Innovator Erasmus 'a talent that will be sorely missed by South African rugby'
A former team-mate of Munster’s new director of rugby witnessed his dedication first hand.
# new kid on the boks
De Klerk debut, 10 shirt for Lambie in Springbok side to take on Ireland
Allister Coetzee has named eight of the team who beat Argentina to third at the World Cup.
# Boks Clever
'We overestimate potential quality of southern hemisphere opposition and do ourselves down a bit'
Shane Horgan doesn’t want Ireland to be bogged down about the size of the ‘Boks or Ireland’s injury absentees.
# Scenes
Heaslip 'not doing cartwheels' for Connacht, but can see a very bright side for Irish rugby
Ultan Dillane treated Jamie Heaslip to a sense of the wild western celebrations.
# investments
'I've to report in with my mum after the tour': Schmidt focus on 'Boks before new contract
Ireland’s head coach explains why he called on Connacht’s Quinn Roux and omitted Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell for the tour to South Africa.
# Heals On Fire
Fitzgerald out of South Africa tour, Schmidt leaning towards Matt Healy as replacement
Schmidt says Tiernan O’Halloran is also in contention for a call, but Healy’s position makes him a natural fit to replace Fitzgerald.
# some neck
New-look collar makes Ireland rugby jersey pretty tidy
Ultan Dillane managed to drag himself away from the Pro12 celebrations to help the IRFU launch their new gear.
# summer tour
Madi-gone, Roux's awakening and more talking points on Ireland's squad for South Africa
Will the surprise inclusions mean a change of tactic, or will we just see new faces in familiar circumstances?
# Hamstrung
Sean O'Brien set for surgery and facing 'considerable period' on the sidelines
The Tullow Tank suffered a massive setback in his rehab in the last weekend of the regular season and will miss Ireland’s tour to South Africa.
# take a knee
Summer tour in doubt for Simon Zebo after keyhole surgery
Joe Schmidt’s two favoured fullbacks are nursing knocks at present.
# summer tour
Javier Hernandez cuts holidays short in effort to impress Louis van Gaal
The Mexico striker will hook up with the Manchester United squad on Tuesday.
# Lads On Tour
Rooney, Mata and De Gea named in strong Man Utd squad for US tour
By the time the United players return, the likes of Patrice Evra and Anderson may have moved on.
# vern's jewels
Scottish winning streak continues after Argentina miss last-minute drop goal
Tommy Seymour’s left wing breaks set up two tries for his team.
# Naked Ambition
From Bucharest to the World Cup in 12 months: JJ thinks it's possible
The Munster out-half is currently in Romania with Emerging Ireland as part of the 2014 Nations Cup.
# grand scheme
Game by game, Ireland building for 'something special' at World Cup - O'Connell
The Irish captain believes his team but ultimately benefit from a less than stellar Argentina tour.
Argentina v Ireland, summer tour 2nd Test
We went minute-by-minute as the Six Nations champions sought a rare, southern hemisphere series win.
# smashed 'em bro
Note to streakers: You run onto a New Zealand rugby pitch, you get smashed in a big way
If you take your clothes off in public, it’s open season.
# beefy
Here's how Ireland's rugby players powered up for training yesterday
Just go easy on the chips, lads.
# open thread
Who would you pick to start Ireland's second Test against Argentina?
Would you keep the experienced heads involved or just roll in all the players who missed out on Saturday.
# farmer's tan
Paul O'Connell never looked more Irish than during today's pool recovery session
Ireland captain Paul O’Connell led the charge into the swimming pool at Hotel Turismo this morning.
# Los reflejos
Your Sexton on fire highlights from Ireland's win over Argentina
Featuring a bonus Andrew Trimble steal.
# 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.