Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

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“Why would we slow down a lineout . . . especially when we are chasing the game?” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s heroic effort in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland did not please everyone with local media blaming what they viewed as an orch(...)

James Horwill and Israel Folau share a joke during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rdin Gold Coast, Australia. Getty Images

Having led Australia into a World Cup and helped secure the nation’s first Southern Hemisphere title in a decade, former captain James Horwill finds h(...)

Jamie Heaslip in action for Leinster against Castres at the   Stade Pierre Antoine. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The possibility of Jamie Heaslip joining Toulon next season appears to be moving a step closer with the news that his agents are scheduled to meet wi(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau uses those size 13 feet to rise high and claim yet another kick against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I had the pleasure of a pitch side ramble pre-kick-off on Saturday. Standing feet away from the Australian back line was a pretty sobering sight. I’m (...)

Les Kiss: “We definitely need to be aware that they’re a sleeping animal.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Les Kiss is invariably wheeled out for his typically considered thoughts in the week of a Test against his native Australians, but this week his insig(...)

Quade Cooper of Australia hands off Dylan Hartley of England at Twickenham earlier this month

It was the most compelling press conference of the Lions tour, the most compelling match prior to the first test and it revolved around Quade Cooper a(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien in action against Johnny Leota of Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seán O’Brien may be on another branch of the rugby evolutionary tree from Will Genia. But the chances are the Ireland flanker and Australia scrumhalf (...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)

Wallabies captain Will Genia: the out-of-form scrumhalf has been dropped to the bench for Saturday’s Test against Argentina. Photograph: Getty Images

Leicester chairman Peter Tom has insisted top English and French clubs are not trying “to run off with the gold” after announcing plans for a major ne(...)