Paul O’Connell takes on Australia’s Luke Jones as Mike Hooper closes in at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:36

Eventually, with nine minutes to go, Michael Cheika unleashed Godzilla on Dublin. Will Skelton’s 24-stone frame immediately bounced Dave Foley into t(...)

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(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has no place in his starting team for Will Genia or Quade Cooper. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Australia coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the side defeated by France last weekend for Saturday’s visit to the Aviva. Winger Henry Speig(...)

The Republic of Ireland team celebrate their third goal of the game last night in the Aviva. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
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  • November 19, 2014, 08:30

There may have been no hint of Celtic Park’s intensity, but after a testing week for the Republic of Ireland squad and management they bounced back(...)

Scrumhalf Will Genia at an Australia press conference in Killiney, Dublin. “The body feels good, the ankle feels good, I just need game time now.” Photograph: Inpho

Will Genia was the best scrumhalf in the world. A professional rugby player since the Queensland Reds pulled him and Quade Cooper from the under-19 wo(...)

 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-(...)

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika issues instructions to his squad  at a training session ahead of the Barbarians match, at Dulwich College  in London, England. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Australia have reunited Quade Cooper and Will Genia at half-back for Saturday’s non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham. It will be(...)

James Horwill and Israel Folau share a joke during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rdin Gold Coast, Australia. Getty Images

Having led Australia into a World Cup and helped secure the nation’s first Southern Hemisphere title in a decade, former captain James Horwill finds h(...)