Hello everyone and welcome to our coverage of Ireland's first test in the November Series against South Africa. Please feel free to come in with your comments and opinions and add to the banter as we track the progress of Kidney's men today.
Our rugby reporter Shaun Cronin will be along later with an interview with Simon Lewis from the Irish Examiner previewing today's game.
Any Ulster rugby fans out there who may feel a bit aggrieved that there aren't more players from your province in today's side? Paul Marshall immediately springs to mind...
With an eye on the football too, Arsenal have just taken the lead against Fulham. Giroud scored.
What do you think of Kidney bringing in Michale Bent to bolster our tighthead prop options? Inspired or desparation?
Looking forward to heading to the Aviva again fioor international rugby it has been ages. Just at Booterstown station now going to get the DART to Landsdowe Road, nice to get some sea air in the lungs.
England look like having a comfortable afternoon so far, they are 20-0 up with minutes to go in the first half against Fiji.
It is half time at the Millenium Stadium and Wales are leading Argentina 9-6.
Ok going to be a bit of a wait here how are we all feeling about the game?
Meanwhile at the Emirates, Arsenal have gone two up after Podolski scores.
RT @therealNiallMcM: @irfurugby treated to a new Ireland jersey and tickets to the match for my birthday altogether now!....come the day ...
Berbatov has just pulled a goal back for Fulham at the Emirates. Arsenal 2 Fulham 1.
For all those wondering Lions head coach Warren Gatland is attending todays game to run the rule over some of Ireland's young talent.
Its a lovely day for a game in Dublin, clear skies and little wind. Ideal rugby weather but it is freezing cold wouldn't like to take a hit in this.
Finally on the DART heading to the stadium. Must collect my accreditation first and the I will take a couple of pics from around the ground.
GOALFLASH! Arsenal 2 Fulham 2 (Kacaniklic 40).
Good crowd around the stadium. seen a few Springbok fans as well.
Always love the free dinner the IRFU supply to us jurnos. Mash and chicken in a mushroom sauce. Can't complain!
@Shaun interesting to hear about the conditions. 'Boks coach Heyneke Meyer said is team were preparing for windy and rainy conditions during the week. We know they've put more emphasis on their kicking game since he took charge but do you think the conditions would suit running rugby today?
GOALFLASH! Arsenal 2 Fulham 3 (Berbatov 67 pen).
Ok all in the media room now, teamsheets are in and no changes for Ireland. CJ Van Der Linde comes in for Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira after he was forced to withdraw after suffering mild heart palpitations this morning.
GOALFLASH! Arsenal 3 (Giroud 69) Fulham 3.
Coming up Irish Examiner, Rugby Correspondent Simon Lewis will give us his take on the upcoming clash with South Africa.
Last-minute penalty for Arsenal!
FULL-TIME: Arsenal 3 Fulham 3. Arteta penalty saved!
FULL-TIME: England 54 Fiji 12
Shocking decision to award Arsenal that penalty and justice was done when Schwarzer made a brilliant save to deny Arteta. Now for the main event, Ireland v South Africa.
Just back from interviewing Simon some strong views were voiced, interview coming shortly.