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# summer tour

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# Looking Back
Our summer tour to New Zealand with Declan Kidney
The three line-ups he named for the Tests against the All Blacks summed up the Corkman’s tenure.
# Lions 2013
Lions team of the week, according to the official Wallabies website
Ireland and England dominate the projected starting XV for the First Test against Australia.
# triple blow
Injury toll: Sean O'Brien ruled out until December
The flanker will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his hip, a problem also being suffered by Dave Kearney and Rhys Ruddock.
# Humbled
Summer Tour Diary: Five month break for the Irish rugby team but who will be back?
Ireland will be boosted by the return of the likes of Tommy Bowe and Paul O’Connell but others look to have played their last Test match.
Six conclusions from Ireland's long, black summer
It’s been a trying time in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
# Close Call
Pride: England draw some comfort from South African tour
Stuart Lancaster’s side came close to winning in Johannesburg, but must settle for 14 apiece.
# third test
'I've been asked to coach Ireland, I will continue to coach them' - Kidney
The embattled coach bristled at the suggestion he may step down after today’s 60 – 0 defeat.
# 60 - 0
Opinion: New Zealand 'hammering' enough to end Kidney reign
Humiliating defeat marks the end of a long, hard season. It’s time to start anew.
# 60 - 0
Blackout: O'Driscoll 'embarrassed' by record defeat
The Ireland captain cut a disconsolate and beaten man in his final post-match interview in New Zealand.
# summer tour
Whitewash: Wales suffer another late defeat in Australia
For the third time in three weeks, the Wallabies left it late to overcome the Grand Slam champions.
Ireland v New Zealand, Third Test
It was the last-chance saloon for Declan Kidney’s side on their summer tour. Could they find that extra push to beat the All Blacks?
# summer tour
Interview: Les Kiss on Ireland, Murray and changing the drop goal rule
The Ireland assistant coach spoke to our man in New Zealand Patrick McCarry in advance of tomorrow’s third meeting with the All Blacks.
# third test
Preview: Another glorious chance to make Irish rugby history awaits
It will be by no means a simple task but the All Blacks are shorn of the services of Dan Carter, their first-choice wingers and two-thirds of their back row.
# talisman
Summer Tour Diary: Next time this guy is back, he will be a tourist ... or a coach
Seven tours to New Zealand and not many wins to speak of but Brian O’Driscoll can sign off in style by conquering the All Blacks.
# the spotlight
New Zealand v Ireland: Three key battles
Ireland came close to achieving the impossible last week, here are three areas which could help them go one better.
# chariot
Proving ground: Lancaster hails new tour approach
The England coach believes that bringing a large squad on tour is more beneficial than having players line out for the Saxons.
# summer tour
Ireland's Call - Part Three: You asked, O'Driscoll and Kidney answered
The Irish coach and captain fielded your questions as the team for the final Test against the All Blacks was announced.
# injury toll
Summer tour: Potgieter one of three changes for Springboks
The flanker will win his first cap against England on Saturday in place of Willem Alberts.
# Last call
Ronan O'Gara: 'I would have only been too happy to have a crack off that late penalty'
We caught up for a one-on-one chat with the Munster out-half ahead of his final Test match ever in New Zealand.
# summer tour
Ireland's Call - Part Three: Put your questions to Brian O'Driscoll and Declan Kidney
With the final Test coming up against the All Blacks on Saturday, we are giving you one last chance to put your queries to the Irish coach and captain.
# Dunkin'
Summer Tour Diary: Unbelievable belief and a fantastic sponge in Queenstown
Donncha O’Callaghan braves icy cold waters and Les Kiss talks up the ongoing development of Conor Murray.
# Leader
Must do better: Pocock calls for more Wallaby style
Australia have beaten the Grand Slam champions in back-to-back fixtures, but the skipper has demanded an improvement for the final test.
# summer tour
Dan Tuohy: Ireland will go out with all guns blazing against the All Blacks
The Ulster lock believes Chris Henry, his provincial colleague, would ‘do the job’ if he is selected to replace Jamie Heaslip in the back row.
# just shy
Summer Tour Diary: Outnumbered 15 to 1 yet all you could hear were Irish voices
Jonathan Sexton admitted that he needed to strike his late penalty perfectly for Ireland to lead. He did not but was excellent otherwise.
# big blows
Heaslip and D'Arcy ruled out of final Test against the All Blacks
The Leinster duo are returning to Ireland after sustaining a fractured finger and calf strain in Saturday’s narrow loss to New Zealand.
New Zealand v Ireland, Second Test
Rugby League Park in Christchurch was the setting for what could be a punishing affair for the Irish unless they could up their game significantly.
# believe
Preview: 'Controlled abandon' the latest plot to overthrow mighty All Blacks
No more dice rolling for Irish coach Declan Kidney but most supporters would not be averse to a game of stuck in the mud against New Zealand.
# Respect
Summer Tour Diary: Restart for Christchurch as Ireland talk up second chances
A tour of the earthquake-hit city puts things into perspective for Kevin McLaughlin and his teammates ahead of All Blacks battle.
# Change up
Farrell dropped as England chase Springboks
Stuart Lancaster has shuffled his back line with only Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton retaining their position.
# Preview
Wales summon experience to chase series leveller
Rob Howley has added around 180 caps worth of nous to his pack for the test in Melbourne.
# On the Record
Ireland's Call - Part Two: You asked, O'Driscoll and Kidney answered
Your questions packed a punch this week but Brian and Declan did not shirk the challenge. Kevin McLaughlin had something to say too.
# summer tour
Tweak: All Blacks make one change for second test
Chiefs flanker Sam Cane could make his international debut as he replaces Victor Vito in the match-day 22.
# summer tour
In pictures: Irish team visit Christchurch's Red Zone
Declan Kidney and the boys stopped off to take in the city’s earthquake-devastated area earlier today.
# Stung
Sean O'Brien: Cut down our errors and we can push the All Blacks hard
The Leinster man is ready for the season’s final thrusts while the slow recoveries of Cian Healy and Mike Ross may lead to a front row shake-up.
# the impossible dream
Five things Ireland must do differently against New Zealand
Ireland may be staring down the barrel of two more defeats in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean they won’t improve.
# Dog's Tucker
Summer Tour Diary: Kiwi press believe Irish 'mob' are ripe for crushing
New Zealanders expect some bite and struggle from their prey while Euro 2012 woes do little to lift team morale.
# Under Pressure
Opinion: Judge Kidney on innovation, not result
The Irish coach is experimenting against an unbeatable side, we should applaud him for that, writes Sean Farrell.
# One Down
'We've got to wear it' - Irish players reflect on their humbling defeat
Jamie Heaslip took the defeat on the chin while All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was sparing with his praise.
# Reaction
All Blacks made us pay - O'Driscoll
A dejected Ireland captain credited New Zealand as ‘considerably worthy winners’, but promised to try and match them for intensity in the remaining two tests.
# Silver lining
Five things we learned from New Zealand v Ireland
Ireland endured a long night in the land of the long white cloud, but there were some positives, writes Sean Farrell.