David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Wales 6 Australia 15 Wales lost to Australia for the 11th time in succession, the last five of which have been by a single score; but this defe(...)

Michael Cheika’s Australia can secure top spot in the pool of death if they beat wales on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

The first press conference Michael Cheika conducted when the Australia squad arrived in London from Bath was at eight in the morning in an oppressivel(...)

Drew Mitchell scored two of Australia’s 11 tries in their 63-3 rout of Uruguay at Villa Park. Photograph: Reuters

Australia 65 Uruguay 3 As warm-ups for the main event go, this was more pointless than the scoreline suggests. Not many, if any, of Australia’s line-u(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: “They’ve forced my hand to see if it can work. I believe it can.” Photo: Andrew Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Australia have taken a punt on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Champio(...)

Australia flanker  Michael Hooper will play against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney after an appeal against the leniency of his one-match ban was dismissed. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper was freed to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney next Saturday after an appeal against the (...)

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(...)