Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans today refused to provide the British and Irish Lions with any ammunition ahead of Saturday’s series opener by distancing (...)

Jamie Roberts receives treatment for an injury in Sydney this morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Lions will have an anxious wait pending a scan on Jamie Roberts’s apparent hamstring tear, which forced his departure from their win over the Wara(...)

Ronan O’Gara of the Lions leaves the field bleeding after that infamous assault by Duncan McRae of the Waratahs on the 2001 tour. Photograph: Getty Images

Twelve years ago it felt like the Lions were taking on a nation, or at least the entire Australian Rugby Union. It wasn’t just the Wallabies, who adde(...)

 Quade Cooper looks to be in pole position for the Australia outhalf berth to face the Lions.    Jason O’Brien/Reuters

Quade Cooper’s chances of playing outhalf for Australia against the touring British and Irish Lions look to have strengthened following a polis(...)