Emotions will be running high when Ireland take on Samoa in Dublin on Saturday.
Paul O'Connell has been named as Ireland captain, but will play off the bench in their one-off Test against Samoa in Dublin on Saturday.
Scotland skipper Kelly Brown believes there is no problem with his return to the side's captaincy, taking over from popular scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw.
Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree has been fighting a race against time to get his pack ready for the year-end Tests.
Utility back Keith Earls has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test against Samoa on Saturday with a knee injury.
Samoan fullback James So'oialo has been released from his Connacht contract on compassionate grounds by the club and the Ireland Rugby Football Union.
Hurricanes flank Faifili Levave is set to make his Test debut after being named in the 30-man Samoa squad for the November internationals.
Constraints of the international calendar are to blame for the All Blacks' absence of Test matches against neighbouring Pacific Island teams.
South African coach Heyneke Meyer hailed loose forwards Francois Louw and Willem Alberts after a 56-23 triumph over Samoa.
The citing of Samoa fullback James So’oialo for grabbing the testicles of Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss was dismissed on Sunday.
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