Michael Cheika: “My thoughts weren’t framed by their combination or this game in mind. It was just about what was best for us.” Photo:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Unlike, it seems, almost everyone else in this World Cup, the Wallabies are amid the hustle and bustle of central London. Their players have to nego(...)

Italy fullback Luke McLean: “We realise that we will have to be virtually perfect if we’re to have any chance to come away with a win.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

Luke McLean, Italy’s long-since naturalised Aussie who has played for his adopted country 72 times, is one of only four players in their squad born(...)

Italy backrow Sergio Parisse takes part in a team training session at Cobham RFC, London. Photograph: Getty Images.

Sergio Parisse took some part in his first training session with his Italian team-mates in Cobham yesterday after linking up with them on Tuesday, and(...)

Cian Healy being put through his paces at the Ireland squad’s training session at Surrey Sports Park, Guidford, Surrey.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The old maxim that you wouldn’t want to have a limp around here certainly applies to the Irish squad. While the news of Rob Kearney’s strained glute (...)

He’s always had wheels. He’s always had the footwork to beat the first tackler. He’s always had a good skills-set and an eye for the try-line. Now,(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland shakes hands with Tomas Francis as he leaves the field following his side’s victory over England at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Amongst the first-rate head coaches at this tournament include one who is coaching Ireland and two others who cut their teeth here. One is hailed as a(...)

Keith Earls scores Ireland’s second try during their 44-10 defeat of Romania in their Pool D match at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images 6:25

Ireland still seem to be skirting around the edges of this World Cup, and after the full-on warzone of Saturday’s epic at Twickenham, Sunday’s rugby v(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I think we’ll get a lot of confidence from this win.” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Pinned against the ropes for much of the first 45 minutes and again in the last ten with a makeshift backline in which only two players finished the (...)

Keith Earls went over twice for Ireland during their win over Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Afp 6:25

Ireland 44 Romania 10 Job done with a bonus point, and Ireland move on to the serious stuff seemingly in better form, with more variety and ass(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)