George North, seen here lifting Israel Folau while playing for the Lions against Australia in 2013, has been moved to centre by Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images.

There is honour among coaches. Warren Gatland knows a thing or two with regard to criticism. During the week he took time to offer empathetic support (...)

Australia’s outhalf Bernard Foley scores a try against England. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Livepic

Australia have been emboldened by a playing philosophy that fundamentally focuses inwards rather than the external considerations, which have been la(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika enjoys a good laugh  during an Australia media session at the Grange Wellington Hotel  in London, United Kingdom. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even with two players on the way home Michael Cheika didn’t flinch at the Australian team hotel in Pimlico. Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton are out of t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Toulon were crowned champions of Europe for a third successive year after they beat Toulon 24-18 at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

Clermont Auvergne 18 Toulon 24Toulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French(...)

Australian Quade Cooper will be playing for Toulon next season. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Toulon have announced the signing of Australia player Quade Cooper.In an announcement on the official club website, Toulon said that 27-year-old Coope(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika will now have the likes of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Will Genia, Adam-Ashley Cooper and Quade Cooper all available to him for the World Cup. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Australian Rugby Union has announced a major change to its Test squad selection policy five months before the Rugby World Cup. With immediate effe(...)

Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth in possession during the Pro12 game against Dragons at Rodney Parade last weekend.  Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Bankrolled to an altogether different level, and having become the first side to complete a modern-day European Cup/domestic league double last seaso(...)