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 outhalf Quade Cooper spins out a pass during the Autumn International Series encounter with Ireland at Croke Park in November 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not ridiculous to believe that Australia coach Ewen McKenzie’s recipe for making Quade Cooper sweet is a dash of child psychology and a ladle of (...)

Scott Fardy will start in the back row for Australia against Ireland this weekend.

Australia have made three changes to the side that beat Italy 50-20 last week. All of the switches are in the pack, reinforcing Wallaby coach Ewen McK(...)

Les Kiss: “We definitely need to be aware that they’re a sleeping animal.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Les Kiss is invariably wheeled out for his typically considered thoughts in the week of a Test against his native Australians, but this week his insig(...)

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 (...)

Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Italy 20 Australia 50Australia rebounded from their England defeat to record a 50-20 victory over Italy in their second autumn international at the St(...)

Rob Simmons of Australia: returns after a knee injury. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie sprang a surprise yesterday, naming the towering two-metre Rob Simmons at blindside flanker for the first time for the t(...)

 Leigh Halfpenny celebrates after the Lions victory and his man of the match performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Blood, toil and sweat but there were no tears, not for the Lions. All the cliches that have been coined, the phrases minted, the speeches delivered(...)

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 (...)