Calm approach from Danny Cipriani

England fly-half Danny Cipriani wants to be the "calmest guy in the room" when he runs out at Newlands to face South Africa on Saturday.

Cipriani, who has been included in an England starting XV for the first time since 2008, will line up alongside Ben Youngs in the half-backs.

After impressing off the bench last week, Cipriani is given the nod by head coach Eddie Jones as England look to finish the tour with a win.

"I'm excited for Saturday and obviously I know the size and magnitude of the game," Cipriani told Sky Sports News ahead of the match in Cape Town. "But, you know, if you ride the wave too high or too low then you will end up all over the place.

"I'm pretty calm and that's my position, and where I'm going to be on Saturday is to try and be the calmest guy in the room."

Cipriani was in slick form at Wasps last season and when asked what has changed in his game since his early years, he added: "I'd say [I'm] much calmer. I was in a different environment. I was at Wasps and we had strike-runners everywhere and we played rugby a certain way. Then I moved over to ply my trade in different areas and teams and learned more about the game.

"I was always told to be a student of the game and that's the best I've done. I feel like I'm getting there and I still have a long way to go, but I'm calm at the moment and I'm excited for Saturday."

Five changes for Springboks

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has made five changes to his starting XV for the third and final Test against England at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Erasmus has picked Warrick Gelant at full-back, Jesse Kriel and Andre Esterhuizen in midfield, Elton Jantjies at fly-half and Chiliboy Ralepelle at hooker.

The 37-year-old Schalk Brits (hooker) is on the replacements bench and is set to make his first Springbok appearance since the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The promising young scrum-half Embrose Papier, who made his Springbok debut off the bench against Wales in Washington, was also named amongst the substitutions.

The Springboks have already clinched the three-match series between the two countries following last Saturday’s 23-12 victory in Bloemfontein, where prop Tendai Mtawarira made his 100th Springbok Test appearance.

Mtawarira will again anchor the Bok scrum, this time with Ralepelle doing duty in the two jersey, while Frans Malherbe gets a second successive start following last week’s return to the Bok tight five.

Erasmus has resisted the temptation of make wholesale changes and has instead opted for a couple of tweaks in areas where he wants to try different combinations.

“The series might be won but we still have an important Test match on Saturday, against a very determined English side who will be looking to end the series on a high,” explained Erasmus.

“I expect a very physical and close-fought game. We are desperate to win and make it 3-0 while England will be desperate to win the game, make it 2-1 and finish their tour on a positive note.”

Referring to the changes in the match 23, Erasmus said: “No one is out of the team because of a lack of form, the changes are due to our long term planning for next year’s Rugby World Cup as we continue to build squad depth and capacity.”

While praising the strides made in the past two matches in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, Erasmus said he wants to see much more improvement from the Springboks.

According to Erasmus, the Springboks won’t get carried away by the two close-fought wins: “We made a lot of mistakes last week and this Saturday gives us the opportunity to rectify those errors and to continue to build on our team cohesion.”

South Africa: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S'busiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Danny Cipriani to make first England start in a decade

Danny Cipriani will start his first England game since 2008 after replacing George Ford in the line-up for the third Test against South Africa.

There are two other changes to the XV with Joe Marler (Harlequins) named in the front-row, replacing Mako Vunipola (Saracens), while Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) is at blindside ahead of Brad Shields (Hurricanes/ Wasps) at blindside flanker due to illness.

Head coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve had a really upbeat training week. We are up for the battle and are going to rip in on Saturday. We want another committed performance where it will be crucial to maintain our composure when the heat is on.

“We are expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option. We will need to jump out of the blocks quickly again and make sure we maintain that pressure and make good decisions.

“I’ve been really impressed with the fortitude of the squad under Owen Farrell, who is a young captain, and with a number of young players who have really stuck to the task."

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Mike Brown, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Ben Spencer, 23 Denny Solomona

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Scotland make eight changes for Pumas clash

Scotland tour captain Stuart McInally has recovered from injury to feature in the team's third and final June Test match, against Argentina.

The Edinburgh hooker has been given the all-clear to start in Resistencia having been ruled out of the first and second Tests against Canada and USA by a calf strain sustained on the eve of the tour.

McInally is one of eight changes to the starting side named by head coach Gregor Townsend, six of which accompany him in the pack where Tim Swinson is the only forward to be retained from last weekend’s loss to USA – albeit as a second-row this time round.

Edinburgh props Allan Dell and Simon Berghan return to join McInally in the front-row, with lock and vice-captain Grant Gilchrist coming in to partner Swinson.

A new back-row trio is also named, with Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), David Denton (Leicester Tigers) and Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) selected in the loose forwards.

It will be the third time that Brown – typically a hooker – will operate on the openside for his country, having twice featured off the bench in the role for Scotland against USA, last weekend and in Rugby World Cup 2015.

The only change to the backs sees Edinburgh wing Dougie Fife – try-scorer against USA last weekend – promoted from the bench to earn his first start since 2015, alongside returning outside backs Stuart Hogg (vice-captain) and Blair Kinghorn.

“The players have responded well in training this week with focus, effort and accuracy. This is our last Test of the tour and we’re determined to finish on a high," said Townsend.

“With the majority of the squad involved in two Tests, we believe that we’ll be in a much better position in the future, having exposed more players to Test-level rugby, for the season ahead and beyond.

“We’ve learned a lot on this tour about this group of players. Now we have to use that learning to put in a very good performance to beat Argentina on their home patch.

“We’re looking forward to a passionate atmosphere in a football stadium with the crowd very close to the pitch.

“Argentina will bring their passion and physicality where they have traditionally been strong – set piece, ball carrying and in the contact area.

"They also have a host of excellent attacking players, and the last few seasons have seen a much more expansive brand of rugby since joining the Rugby Championship and, more recently, the performances of Jaguares in Super Rugby.”

The team is completed by Glasgow Warriors pair Pete Horne and Nick Grigg who will again form the midfield, with Adam Hastings (fly-half) and George Horne (scrum-half) reinstated at half-back.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Blair Kinghorn, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne, 8 David Denton, 7 Fraser Brown, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally (c), 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 James Lang, 23 Chris Harris

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Estadio Centenario, Resistencia
Kick-off: 16:40 local (20:40 BST, 19:40 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

World Rugby clarify Benjamin Fall red card incident

World Rugby have clarified the decision to issue a red card to France full-back Benjamin Fall in the 26-13 loss to the All Blacks in Wellington last weekend.

Although an independent judicial committee rescinded the red card on Monday, World Rugby on Wednesday in a statement said the correct protocol was followed by Australian referee Angus Gardner.

Fall was sent off in the 12th minute of the second Test with France 3-0 ahead at the time after his challenge of an up-and-under sent All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett crashing in the turf headfirst.

"The match official team followed the guidelines correctly and made a decision based on the available camera angles," the statement read.

"Only during the subsequent review by an independent judicial panel, when additional camera angles were made available, was it determined that Benjamin Fall was knocked off balance immediately prior to the challenge and therefore the red card was dismissed."

World Rugby also reaffirmed it stance in dealing with instances when two players are challenging for a ball in the air:

– If a player is not in a realistic position to gather the ball, there is contact and their opponent lands on their back or side - yellow card.

– If a player is not in a realistic position to gather the ball, there is reckless or deliberate foul play and the player lands in a dangerous position - red card.

Ireland chop and change for Australia

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made several changes to his starting line-up to face Australia in their Test series decider in Sydney on Saturday.

There are a number of alterations and positional switches to the side that started in Melbourne starting in the front-row where Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin will partner Tadhg Furlong.

In the second-row, James Ryan and Devin Toner pack down again while the back-row has a new look with Jack Conan coming in at number eight, CJ Stander switches to six while Peter O'Mahony moves to seven.

The half-back pairing of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are joined in midfield by Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw.

Jacob Stockdale comes back into the back three alongside Keith Earls and Rob Kearney.

The uncapped Ross Byrne is named in the replacements as is Tadhg Beirne, who made his debut last week. John Ryan and Niall Scannell are the front-row reserves while Jordi Murphy is also named.

Kieran Marmion and Jordan Larmour complete the bench.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Peter O'Mahony, 6 CJ Stander, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Cian Healy, 18 John Ryan, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jordan Larmour

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 20:00 local (11:00 BST, 10:00 GMT)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa),
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Lukhan Tui and Nick Phipps to start for Australia

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his starting XV ahead of the Ireland Test series decider, to be played in Sydney on Saturday.

David Pocock shifts to number eight to make way for Lukhan Tui at blindside flanker while Nick Phipps will start in the number nine jersey after Will Genia suffered a fractured arm in the second Test in Melbourne last week.

Saturday night’s Test will be Tui’s first start in Wallaby gold, having appeared off the bench in his previous six internationals.

Phipps brings plenty of Test experience and will lean on his Waratahs backline combination with Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau.

Fellow scrum-half Joe Powell will aim to add to his three Test caps after being named on a six-two replacements bench along with 2017 Wallabies Rookie of the Year, Ned Hanigan who makes his return from injury.

The Ireland Test series is locked at one-all following Ireland’s five-point win over Australia in Melbourne last Saturday.

Australia and Ireland last faced off in Sydney back in 1994, when the Wallabies won 32-18 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Ireland series is the first-ever three Test series between the two nations despite having played each other in 34 Tests over 90 years.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Reece Hodge

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 20:00 local (11:00 BST, 10:00 GMT)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa),
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Morgan Parra to skipper France

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made two changes to his line-up that will take on New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.

Morgan Parra will skipper the French in the absence of Mathieu Bastareaud, with Wesley Fofana and Remi Lamerat coming in as the new centres.

Otherwise it is an unchanged backline with Anthony Belleau alongside Parra and Gael Fickou, Teddy Thomas and Benjamin Fall in the back three.

The forward pack is as it was in Wellington as France look to end the season on a positive note in Dunedin after some encouraging performances.

France: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra (c), 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Medard

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19:35 (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

All Blacks debut for Shannon Frizell

New Zealand have made several changes to their side for the third and final Test against France, with Shannon Frizell included in the line-up.

Frizell will wear the number six jersey while another uncapped player, Jackson Hemopo, is included on the bench.

The tight five is unchanged, with Samuel Whitelock again named as captain.

In other forward changes, Ardie Savea gets his fourth start in the number seven jersey, while Matt Todd will provide additional impact off the bench. Liam Coltman, who made his Test debut in 2016, comes in as the reserve hooker, while Karl Tu'inukuafe and Ofa Tuungafasi will again provide front-row power from the bench.

In the backs, Damian McKenzie gets his first Test start in the number 10 jersey outside half-back Aaron Smith. Midfielder Jack Goodhue, who played against the France XV on last year's Northern Tour, will make his Test debut at centre, outside Sonny Bill Williams, who has made a remarkable return from injury. The back three have been reshuffled, with Waisake Naholo coming in on the right wing, Ben Smith at full-back and Rieko Ioane on the left wing.

TJ Perenara is reserve scrum-half, Richie Mo'unga, who also played the non-Test against the France XV last year, looks set to make his Test debut off the bench, while Jordie Barrett is the other back reserve.

"One of the aims of the Steinlager Series was to continue to build depth across our squad and give players opportunities. Now that we have secured the Dave Gallaher trophy and won the Series, we think this is the right time to do that," said head coach Steve Hansen.

"It's an exciting mix of players with big-match experience, newer All Blacks who are continuing to grow their game, and four players who have been named in the Test 23 for the first time. On behalf of the All Blacks, I want to congratulate Shannon, Jackson, Jack and Richie, on their selection in the Test side.

"Our focus this week has been concentrating, firstly, on getting our individual processes done well, and then working on these collectively as a team. Another key focus has been our mental preparation, which needs to be bone deep and genuine.

"The French have proven to be a worthy opponent and very difficult to play, and we see this Test as another opportunity to improve our game.

"Once again we are looking forward to playing under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium in guaranteed good conditions."

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock (c), 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Jordie Barrett

Date: Saturday, June 23
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19:35 (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

Leinster drawn with Wasps in Pool 1

Champions Cup holders Leinster have been drawn in the same pool as Wasps, Toulouse and Bath as they look to defend their crown in 2019.

Leinster, who took the title in magnificent style in Bilbao last month, will be up against a trio of former champions in Wasps, Toulouse and Bath when the European season kicks off in October.

The Premiership winners, Saracens, have been drawn in Pool 3 with Glasgow Warriors, Lyon and Cardiff Blues.

Castres Olympique, who were recently crowned Top 14 champions, will be in Pool 2 along with Exeter Chiefs, Munster and Gloucester.

Elsewhere, Scarlets, Racing 92, Leicester and Ulster will clash in Pool 4 while Pool 5 sees Montpellier, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Toulon meet.

Champions Cup draw

Pool 1: Leinster, Wasps, Toulouse, Bath
Pool 2: Castres, Exeter, Munster, Gloucester
Pool 3: Saracens, Glasgow, Lyon, Cardiff Blues
Pool 4: Scarlets, Racing 92, Leicester, Ulster
Pool 5: Montpellier, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Toulon

Bristol Bears to meet La Rochelle in Pool 4

The Challenge Cup draw has been announced, with Premiership new boys Bristol Bears taking on last season's Champions Cup quarter-finalists La Rochelle in Pool 4.

Also in Bristol's group is Zebre and Enisei-STM with the pools drawn in Lausanne on Wednesday.

Pool 1 consists of Northampton, Clermont, Dragons and Timisoara Saracens, with Pool 2 seeing Pau, Ospreys, Worcester and Stade Francais face off.

Sale, Connacht, Bordeaux-Begles and Perpignan will collide in Pool 3 while Benetton Rugby, Harlequins, Agen and Grenoble make up Pool 5 in the tournament.

Challenge Cup draw

Pool 1: Northampton Saints, Clermont Auvergne, Dragons, Timisoara Saracens
Pool 2: Pau, Ospreys, Worcester Warriors, Stade Francais
Pool 3: Sale Sharks, Connacht, Bordeaux-Begles, Perpignan
Pool 4: La Rochelle, Zebre, Bristol Bears, Enisei-STM
Pool 5: Benetton Rugby, Harlequins, Agen, Grenoble

Ross Moriarty banned for four weeks

Wales number eight Ross Moriarty has received a four-week ban for his stranglehold on Nicolas Sanchez in the 30-12 victory over Argentina last Saturday.

The incident, which took place right at the end of the game, slightly soured a contest that was almost altogether played in good spirit.

Moriarty admitted the act of foul play, accepted the red card and will face a ban of four weeks, making him unavailable for the Dragons' first PRO14 match of the season.

The 24-year-old bid farewell to Gloucester last season, where he spent six seasons and his signing is seen as a major coup for the Dragons.

"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, the Independent Judicial Committee deemed the offence to be at the mid-range scale of seriousness, which has an entry point of six weeks," read an independent disciplinary judicial statement.

"However, taking into account the aggravating factor that the player did not desist from his actions on the direction of the Assistant Referee (which resulted in an addition of an extra week) and mitigating factors including the player’s immediate apology and disciplinary record (which resulted in a deduction of three weeks), the player was suspended for a period of four weeks.

"The suspension, which is based on Moriarty’s playing schedule, will end following his club’s first match of the 2018/2019 Pro 14 season."

Eddie Jones impressed by Danny Cipriani

England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed that he has been impressed by utility back Danny Cipriani's attitude during the tour to South Africa.

The tourists go into Saturday's third Test at Newlands trying to gain some lost pride, after losing the opening Tests to the Springboks in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, and have now suffered six successive Test defeats.

But despite their poor record, Jones revealed that Cipriani made a positive impact when he came on as a replacement for first-choice fly-half George Ford late in the second-half during the second Test in Bloemfontein.

"I've been impressed by him," Jones told Sky Sports.

"I'm impressed by George Ford and I'm impressed by Alex Lozowski. They're all guys that are really working hard to get into the team.

"The thing that's impressed me about Danny is his attitude towards working hard and wanting to be part of the team."

England are without several first-choice players from their regular squad for the tour of South Africa, but there is one player in particular who Jones regrets being unable to select.

"I think we've missed all of those (unavailable) players. Certainly against South Africa a player like Courtney Lawes would have been invaluable," he added.

"We understand that results aren't great and we're all disappointed by that. But in terms of moving forward, we're in a good position."

After the team's poor recent record, Jones admitted that there is plenty of room for improvement from his charges.

"We've got a young team here - we've been averaging 400 caps per game," he said.

"It's all about just trying to give them as much confidence as we can and trying to get them to understand there are going to be big moments in the game - and we need to play those big moments a little bit better than we have."

Montpellier bolster front row stocks

Montpellier have announced that Georgian prop Levan Chilachava has joined them from Toulon on a three-year contract, while Jannie du Plessis has agreed new terms.

Chilachava, 26, is a product of Toulon's famed youth academy, where he spent nine seasons. He is now the third tighthead at the Top 14 outfit along with Antoine Guillamon and 35-year-old former Springbok Du Plessis, who has just agreed a one-year extension to his contract.

Chilachava is one of eight signings made by Montpol coach Vern Cotter so far, including former Racing 92 utility back Johan Goosen and Brive lock Julien Le Devedec.

Ireland to play New Zealand in November

Ireland will play Argentina, New Zealand and the USA at the Aviva Stadium this coming November in the Guinness Series 2018.

First up, Argentina return to Dublin 12 months after a thrilling match in front of a sold out Aviva Stadium which saw Ireland win 28-19.

The second game of the series marks the return of the All Blacks. It is two years since New Zealand last played at the Aviva Stadium where they exacted revenge for Ireland's historic win in Chicago just a few weeks before.

The final game of the series sees the USA Eagles make their debut appearance at the Aviva Stadium in what will be their first visit to Dublin since 2004. USA will be brimming with confidence having claimed a major scalp, beating Scotland in Houston recently.

Speaking about the Guinness Series, IRFU Commercial and Marketing Director Padraig Power said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Argentina, New Zealand and the USA to Aviva Stadium this November. Demand for tickets from rugby clubs has been exceptionally high and we expect the remaining tickets that go on general sale to be snapped up.

"We know that Ireland fans will relish the opportunity to see the team in action and we look forward to some great games in November."

Guinness Series 2018 Fixtures:

Ireland vs Argentina
Saturday 10th November 2018 KO 6.30pm

Ireland vs New Zealand
Saturday 17th November 2018 KO 7.00pm

Ireland vs USA
Saturday 24th November 2018 KO 6.30pm

'England desperate for victory' - Joe Launchbury

England lock Joe Launchbury says the whole squad are desperate to end their series against South Africa with a win at Newlands on Saturday.

The Wasps forward returned from injury to partner Maro Itoje at second-row for the second Test defeat in Bloemfontein where England went down 23-12.

Launchbury, who has 53 Test caps, says the belief is still there they can get their first win in South Africa since 2000.

"It is easy to view this as a last game of the season, a tour that is over in terms of result being 2-0 down," the 27-year-old told England Rugby.

"But what we do have is a massive opportunity to end a run of form which we are desperate to change, get a win here and we know we are capable of it.

"Any opportunity to play for England is something to cherish and get excited about and I’d be very surprised to see someone in the squad who isn’t. We are desperate to put the record straight this weekend."

It has been a hugely physical couple of games for England in South Africa with Launchbury right in the heart of the action against the Springbok pack.

In Cape Town this weekend, Launchbury says they will be targeting being more dominant in all areas.

"It is bitterly frustrating, parts of those first 20 minutes have been some of the best rugby we have played in a while and other parts we have been struggling to put things together," he added.

"Sometimes that happens, but as a forward pack it is important for us to really drive the team forward in that regard, go back to our basics.

"When they get a drive going you can see how much energy it gives them, as a forward pack we understand not only stopping that but making sure we are dominant on our own ball goes a long way to making sure we get a result this weekend."

Launchbury also had praise for his Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani after his return to Test rugby as a replacement last weekend.

"His biggest improvement this year is probably the leadership side of things," he said.

"It’s pretty obvious for people to see ball-in-hand what he has talent wise, through space, delaying his pass to hitting the right option at the line, but what has impressed me most is his game-management, leadership and trying to make the players around him better."

Israel Folau not worried by Irish tactics

Wallabies full-back Israel Folau isn't concerned by Ireland’s defensive tactics which countered his aerial dominance in Melbourne last week.

Australia's attack coach Stephen Larkham questioned the legality of the Six Nations champions' tactics on Monday, saying the full-back was being checked in his kick-chase attempts, but Folau only had compliments for his opponents’ defence.

“I never look for excuses, they escorted really well,” he told Rugby Australia's official website.

“What I do think in terms of our team is that we can execute a lot better in terms of the kicks.

“I think on the weekend, we seemed to kick it a little bit further than what we wanted and probably a little bit more infield than what it usually is.

“So, hopefully the kicks on the weekend will be executed a lot better but on the weekend they did a great job of expecting that and they flood plenty of numbers into their left side, which is something for us as a team, we've got to realise that and understand and notice that.

“If Ireland are doing that, there's space elsewhere on the field, so I think that's something we took out of that game and hopefully we can execute on the run, going into the game.”

The Wallabies had little possession in Melbourne and Folau’s limited chances were shut down by Ireland, and the full-back said his focus was on trying to get a sense of fulfilment, that has been lacking in the opening two Tests.

“I think the most exciting thing for as a group is we had that feeling coming off the back of the last two weeks, even the win in Brisbane, we still kind of felt unfulfilled in terms of the way that we played,” said Folau.

“The reason why I felt unfulfilled (was I was) not getting my hands on the ball as much I would like.

“Hopefully going into this weekend I can find myself doing that a bit more and working with Kurtley and Bernard to find those opportunities but definitely going into the game, (I’m) wanting to look for those opportunities and get my hands on the ball."

If Ireland do turn to the same tactics in Sydney, Folau said the option was there for Australia to change things up to take advantage of Ireland's commitment to one part of the ground.

“That's the growth area in terms of us as a team but also the vision and the game smarts from our playmakers and not being afraid to play that type of way even if it's inside our 22,” he added.

“I guess if we can play like that and play a lot more consistent in that type of way, I think it'll open up a lot more opportunities across the whole team in terms of anywhere on the field.”

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby defended his side’s approach to the aerial contests in Melbourne, when asked about the criticism on Tuesday.

“We've done nothing that we haven't done all season, I just think on the weekend we just showed a lot more urgency to get back and support the player receiving the ball, making sure that once that player has caught the ball and landed that we resource the ruck,” he said.

“I think that was an area we came off second-best in in Brisbane, so there'll always be things that opposition and ourselves feel that we maybe didn't get the rub of the green but we're just asking the players to work incredibly hard to support those guys who are receiving the kick and that's all we did on the weekend.

“We didn't feel like we did anything that any other team in the world isn't doing.”

Sonny Bill Williams relishing return to action

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams is hungry to return to action and "keen to have a crack" if selected to face France in Dunedin on Saturday.

Williams said he was feeling good after a rigorous workout on Tuesday morning but added that he also had a tough session before the second Test in Wellington with Kieran Read and had come through unscathed from that.

He was enjoying being back in the team environment and last week had been pleased to help the side prepare for the game.

"A lot of the times I'm in the driving seat so it was good just to show my love to the boys and really connect with them on and off the field and try to get them prepared as well as I could," Williams told the All Blacks' official website.

He said he was surprised at the speed of his recovery from minor knee surgery.

"I thought I wouldn't be playing for four to six weeks so it all happened kind of quickly. I was in holiday mode," said Williams.

But a meeting with the coaching and medical staff said his operation had been a success and a lot better than expected and then Steve Hansen asked if he was a chance to play in the third Test and the doctor said yes but he would have to come into the team camp.

Hansen looked at him and said: "You're in camp. I rang my wife and told her, she was a little bit upset because we had planned things to do."

Williams added that having worked out with Read before the Test that he looked ready to play but he was a player who stuck to his processes and ticking the right boxes. However, they were keen to see him back because he gave the side so much confidence when he was playing.

Mike Brown feels he deserves respect

England wing Mike Brown feels he deserves more respect after receiving plenty of criticism during their ongoing series in South Africa.

Brown, who has scored two tries in two Tests against the Springboks in the unfamiliar position of wing, is preparing for the final showdown.

He feels though that he's been the victim of unwarranted criticism and hopes supporters and media look at what he's achieved in the game.

"I've come in for a bit of criticism but I'm on 71 caps now - it would be nice to get a little bit of respect sometimes," Brown told Sky Sports.

"I've played wing, full-back - I'm the most capped full-back in English rugby. It would be nice for people to see some of the unseen work I do apart from scoring tries.

"I don't need to say what I've achieved in my career. I love playing for England and with these guys and I will keep working hard on this journey to the World Cup and hopefully I will be there."

Brown also spoke of the unfortunately incident after the second Test loss in Bloemfontein that saw Joe Marler and a fan exchange heated words.

"I caught the back end off him [Marler] walking off and some supporter decided to lean over and give him some abuse," he said. "When a guy who you think should be supporting you is saying you aren't trying your best - and that is putting it nicely - I just told him to shut up basically.

"We try day-in-day-out to get better and we are out there trying our best and if somebody is telling you are not then they are way off the mark. We stick up for ourselves if someone is saying something we don't like."

Door not closed on Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding

IRFU performance director David Nucifora has refused to rule out a return to the Ireland squad for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

The former Ulster pair, who were found not guilty of rape earlier this year, have since joined Perpignan and Brive in France respectively.

And in the build-up to Ireland's third and deciding Test against Australia on Saturday, Nucifora hasn't shut the door of the two players.

"I don't think anything is ever forever," he told reporters.

"Who knows what could happen or what will happen?

"The players now have found new contracts so that is a positive for them personally, individually, and everyone just has to move on from that.

"For the immediate future, there's no thought that they will be considered. They are playing overseas at the moment. If you are playing overseas, you are not considered."