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(...)

 Coach Ewen McKenzie speaks to media during an Australian Wallabies team announcement at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rd. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has dumped scrumhalf Will Genia and relegated former skipper James Horwill to the bench for his side’s first test agains(...)

Australia’s Joe Tomane scores a try against Wales    at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

Wales 26 Australia 30: Wales’ agony against Australia continued at the Millennium Stadium as they suffered a ninth successive defeat after being left (...)

I am a ‘Quade doubter’ but I have to admit, I have been mightily impressed by Cooper’s performances since his return. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The racist remarks that were thrown about in Australia at the end of New Zealander, Robbie Deans era as Wallaby coach, made me ashamed to be part of t(...)

Michael Hooper of Australia is tackled by Sergio Parisse of Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.  Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Although vulnerable, the Wallabies are far more dangerous than a lazy perusal of their recent scoreboards would suggest. Having watched them lose in S(...)

Scott Fardy: “It’s probably not for my good looks he picked me.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

That Ewen McKenzie’s two changes to the Australian team to face Ireland are in the pack hints to what he sees as the winning of Saturday’s game. Isn’t(...)

Paul O’Connell at Ireland training in Carton House yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland’s twin totems, Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll, are set to be re-united in an Irish team next Saturday for the first time since the 2(...)

Quade Cooper of Australia hands off Dylan Hartley of England at Twickenham earlier this month

It was the most compelling press conference of the Lions tour, the most compelling match prior to the first test and it revolved around Quade Cooper a(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien in action against Johnny Leota of Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seán O’Brien may be on another branch of the rugby evolutionary tree from Will Genia. But the chances are the Ireland flanker and Australia scrumhalf (...)

 Seán O’Brien scores a try against Samoa. The flanker will have benefitted from his game time on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The benefits of Joe Schmidt’s selection policy will see Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell, Seán O’Brien and Johnny Sexton come into the starting line-up and (...)