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# test rugby

Last year
2022
# The Test
Ireland end summer tour on losing note as Japan rally with dominant display to draw series
The hosts secured an impressive win in the second Test in Tokyo.
AS IT HAPPENED
Japan v Ireland, second Test
Greg McWilliams’ side finished their summer tour with an outing in Tokyo.
All time
Andy Farrell supportive of Ireland A team returning to action
The Ireland Wolfhounds haven’t played since 2015.
# test rugby
Debutant Fassi scores as world champions South Africa make winning return
The Springboks walloped Georgia on their Test return ahead of the Lions series.
# test rugby
'I am lucky Munster are allowing me to play for the Springboks'
RG Snyman will remain an important part of South Africa’s plans moving forward.
# staying on
Aaron Smith commits future to New Zealand and signs two-year deal with Highlanders
30-year-old Smith made his All Blacks debut in 2012.
# test ambitions
Contact with Joe Schmidt helped Aki reach Connacht contract decision
The 26-year-old qualifies to play for Ireland next year.
# Talking Points
6 things we learned from today's international rugby
It’s been a long day of rugby with Tests all over the southern hemisphere. Here are our initial thoughts on today’s big games.
# boks
South Africa overpower star-studded World XV in Cape Town
The Springboks produced two superb maul tries in a dominant second-half performance.
# entertainment
Off-form All Blacks squeeze out victory over determined England
A late try from Conrad Smith saw Stuart Lancaster’s largely second-string side denied a famous result.
# 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.
# test rugby
Six Nations: All in the balance on opening day
Spring is in the air and anything seems possible at the beginning of a new international year.