Bundee Aki of the Chiefs in action against the Brumbies in Canberra. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies held off a Waikato Chiefs fightback to bring an end to the New Zealanders’ quest for a third straight Super Rugby title with a 32-30 (...)

New Zealand’s Conrad Smith  after scoring a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match against the Australian in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Australia 29 New Zealand 47: Winger Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as a ruthless New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship title defence with a six-tr(...)

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies is tackled by Rob Kearney of the Lions during the tour match between the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium last June. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie had promised surprises and he delivered yesterday by handing flyhalf Matt Toomua his first cap and putting Quade Coo(...)

 Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll hold the Tom Richards Cup aloft after the Lions won the final test match against Australia in Sydney to secure the first series victory in 16 years. Photograph: Getty

Australia 16 British and Irish Lions 41: So much for the momentum being with the Wallabies. Ultimately, the Lions saved their best until last so endin(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)

 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(...)