Australia players celebrate at full time of their 2003 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

The 2003 World Cup progressed in such a way the final was always destined to be contested by the cream of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, wi(...)

Japan’s national team head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will depart the role after the World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will step down after the rugby World Cup and not take on a permanent role with the country’s new Super Rugby(...)

 Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to find a way around Ireland’s Ian Madigan at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

They’re a fiercely competitive bunch, the Aussies, and as much as they love winning they hate losing even more. How then are they coping after (...)

Brian O’Driscoll: the 2002 model

Edited extract of Brian O’Driscoll’s column in The Irish Times on November 11th, 2002. Ireland had beaten Australia 18-9 courtesy of six O’Gara penalt(...)

Eddie Jones is in intensive care

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has been admitted to hospital in Tokyo after reportedly showing signs of a stroke. The 53-year-old is head coach of(...)

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie believes his players have no reason to feel inferior to their New Zealand counterparts and have every chance of winn(...)

 Robbie Deans.   Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Robbie Deans has been sacked as Australia head coach following the Wallabies’ Test series defeat to the British and Irish Lions, according to reports(...)

 George Smith in happy mood after learning of his Test recall. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A feature of the last six weeks in Australia is how Robbie Deans has been the sole voice of the Wallabies’ coaching staff. There hasn’t been a sign of(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip look on at the British & Irish Lions Training, Dolphins RFC, Noosa, Queensland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The overwhelming consensus in the Twitter-sphere is that Lions coach Warren Gatland has erred in dropping Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll for Saturday’s th(...)