Tevita Kuridrani of Australia escapes France’s Yoann Huget during their Test match at the Stade de France, Paris on November 15th. Photograph: Reuters.

This is the most significant autumn international in many years, yet this match has nothing to do with November internationals.There are two fine coac(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray during Ireland’s captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland-Australia matches don’t tend to do dull, and with a favourable forecast this should be no different. Like all previous match-ups, this will be(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper picked up a black eye  during one of Michael Cheika’s full-on training sessions in Dublin. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Australia boss Michael Cheika has brought an end to Wallabies stars cosily expecting to command regular selection, according to captain Michael Ho(...)

Paul O’Connell leads the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the game against Australia on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has claimed “there’s been nothing done on my behalf” in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to France after next year’s World C(...)

Kurtley Beale during an Australia training session at Stradbrook in Blackrock on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika has vowed not to play “social worker” to controversy-plagued Australia utility back Kurtley Beale. The Wallabies boss pledged Beale wil(...)

 Seán McMahon of Australia breaks with the ball during the Killick Cup match against  the Barbarians   at Twickenham.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has made two changes from the side beaten 29-28 by New Zealand last month for Saturday’s Test match against Wales in Ca(...)

 Francis Saili of the Barbarians beats Sean McMahon to the ball to score a try  at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Barbarians 36 Australia 40 Australia withstood a frantic late rally to mark Michael Cheika’s first game as coach with a hugely entertaining 40-(...)

Munster prop forward James Cronin has been a revelation since his emergence. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There was mixed news for a couple of the burgeoning young Munster players yesterday as loose-head James Cronin was obliged to see a specialist regardi(...)

 Kurtley Beale arrives at the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) headquarters in Sydney for a  code of conduct hearing  following the publication of the offensive text messages which led to team business manager Di Patston resigning. Photograph:   Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Former Australian Rugby Union official Di Patston said she felt “degraded” and considered suicide after being sent an offensive text message by Walla(...)