Australia captain Michael Hooper jumps to collect a lineout against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Amilcar Orfali/Getty images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper’s hopes of facing the All Blacks in Sydney next week suffered a blow yesterday when Sanzar launched an appeal against(...)

David Pocock (centre) impressed on his first start for Australia in more than two years in Saturday’s Rugby Championship match    in Mendoza. Photograph: Andres Larrovere/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina 9 Australia 34 Australia coach Michael Cheika has moved quickly to dampen expectations of a long-awaited upset of the All Blacks, saying the(...)

Australian secondrow Kane Douglas has been released from his contract with Leinster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kane Douglas’s all too brief stay with Leinster has come to an official end as the 26-year-old arrived in on Thursday to finalise terms with the Queen(...)

Exeter’s scrum dominance provides unwelcome lift-off for Connacht’s Rodney Ah You at the Sportsground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Connacht’s disappointment in defeat will be tinged with anger and frustration because there was more than a dollop of self-inflicted calamity in their(...)

Connacht tighthead Rodney Ah You is driven upwards by the power of the Exeter scrum during the European Rugby Challenge Cup game at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht 24 Exeter Chiefs 33Connacht’s disappointment in defeat will be tinged with anger and frustration because there was more than a dollop of self(...)

Matt Jess of Exeter Chiefs  scores a try during the Heineken Cup Pool Two match against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 44 Cardiff Blues 29: Exeter Chiefs showed they were heading into this season’s Heineken Cup with renewed vigour after last weekend’s Avi(...)

Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

 Ben Foden of Northampton is tackled by Schalk Brits (left) and Charlie Hodgson during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Uncapped Wasps back Elliot Daly has been called into a star-studded Barbarians squad to face England and the British and Irish Lions. Th(...)