Darragh Fanning: “I never thought I’d play a Pro 12 game even, let alone play a couple of European Championship games.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster hosted Munster at the beginning of October to kickstart a meaty part of their season, Darragh Fanning had scored one try in his 19 appe(...)

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has stepped down. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Australian rugby was plunged further into crisis a year out from the World Cup on Saturday when under-fire coach Ewen McKenzie resigned a few hours be(...)

Australia’s Wallabies’ coach Ewen McKenzie walks next to players before the start of the Rugby Championship  match against Argentina. Photograph:  Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

Conceivably, Ewen McKenzie could have been preparing Ireland to face his native Australians this week. Coming to the end of his time with the Queensla(...)

Eddie Jones is in intensive care

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has been admitted to hospital in Tokyo after reportedly showing signs of a stroke. The 53-year-old is head coach of(...)

 Robbie Deans.   Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Robbie Deans has been sacked as Australia head coach following the Wallabies’ Test series defeat to the British and Irish Lions, according to reports(...)

Robbie Deans, coach of the Wallabies and captain James Horwill speak to the media in Sydney. Photograph:  Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Australia coach Robbie Deans has refused to speculate on his future following the Wallabies’ 2-1 series defeat to the British and Irish Lions.Reports (...)

 George Smith in happy mood after learning of his Test recall. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A feature of the last six weeks in Australia is how Robbie Deans has been the sole voice of the Wallabies’ coaching staff. There hasn’t been a sign of(...)

Ben Mowen of the Wallabies calls out to team mates during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Ben Mowen is one of the series’ undoubted feel good stories. A la Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy and others, he came to the Test party relatively late i(...)

 Welshman George North keeps his eye on the ball as he tries his hand at hurling during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Anglican Church Grammar School   in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Israel Folau’s stunning rise from rugby union debutant to Australian international in four months has thrust him into a baptism of fire against the B(...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)