Australia’s Israel Folau has signed an extension to his national contract until the end of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on We(...)

Former Australia  coach Robbie Deans: flattered to be linked with the Leinster role, but  the timeline does not suit.  Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach job, despite admitting it is one of the most attractive positions in ru(...)

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

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(...)