Will Genia was selected in Michael Cheika’s 31-man World Cup squad despite a lack of playing time due to injury. Photograph: Getty

Australia scrumhalf Will Genia felt “embarrassed” to be picked in the Wallabies’ World Cup squad ahead of Nic White and has pledged to make his spurne(...)

Stephen Ferris was arguably the most destructive flanker ever to play for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The cruelty of it all reverberates when realising Stephen Ferris only turned 30 this month. Probably the most destructive flanker to play for Irela(...)

Australian Quade Cooper will be playing for Toulon next season. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Toulon have announced the signing of Australia player Quade Cooper.In an announcement on the official club website, Toulon said that 27-year-old Coope(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika will now have the likes of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Will Genia, Adam-Ashley Cooper and Quade Cooper all available to him for the World Cup. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Australian Rugby Union has announced a major change to its Test squad selection policy five months before the Rugby World Cup. With immediate effe(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray kicks to the corner for Robbie Henshaw;s try against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So Steve Hansen believes we should be scoring more tries up here in the Six Nations. I have some sympathy for the All Black World Cup- winning coach. (...)

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(...)