Australia outhalf Quade Cooper spins out a pass during the Autumn International Series encounter with Ireland at Croke Park in November 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not ridiculous to believe that Australia coach Ewen McKenzie’s recipe for making Quade Cooper sweet is a dash of child psychology and a ladle of (...)

Will Genia: will likely play a pivotal role against the Lions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Brian O’Driscoll addressed the Lions squad yesterday, reflecting back on how an opportunity knocked and passed by at this exact point a dozen yea(...)

 Kurtley Beale during Australia training at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Thursday. He will play fullback against the Lions in the second Test.  Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Australia coach Robbie Deans has warned Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor for staying out until the early hours of the morning, but never considered dr(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)

Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remainder of the tour. Photograph: Inpho

It is a measure of his contribution to date, both on and off the pitch, that Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remaind(...)

Paul O’Connell, far right, with, left to right, Mike Phillips, Adam Jones and O’Connell’s second Test replacement Geoff Parling on St Kilda’s Beach, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They may have been blessed to be the first Lions Test team with two former captains in their ranks but with the loss of one of them suddenly the touri(...)

Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies slips as he tries to kick what would have been a match-winning penalty against the Lions at  Suncorp Stadium  in Brisbane. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

Rules and laws change, travelling armies assume greater volume and colour, sky cams, ref cams, High Definition, social media et al have changed the wa(...)

Jonathan Davies and Jonathon Sexton celebrate victory after the first match against  Australia. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton tonight admitted he thought the game was up when Kurtley Beale had a chance to break British and Irish Lions’ hearts in Brisbane. Bea(...)

Australia centre Christian Leali’ifano gives the thumbs up to the crowd as he is stretchered off the pitch following an injury sustained in the opening minute of the first Test  against the Lions in Brisbane. Photograph:   Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe will be available for the second Test against Australia in Melbourne after having surgery to fix a broken bo(...)

Lions captain Sam Warburton celebrates at the final whistle after the 23-21 victory over Australia  at Suncorp Stadium  in Brisbane. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton declared it “half a job done” after his team nicked a 23-21 victory over Australia in Brisbane when Kurt(...)