Australia’s Quade Cooper: is looking forward to playing against  recent IRB World Player of the Year nominee Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Inpho

Portraying Quade Cooper as an artist is based on the empirical evidence of his performances as a rugby player. Suggesting that the New Zealand-born, W(...)

Eben Etzebeth  and Bryan Habana tackle Israel Folau when the sides met in  Perth earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa v Australia (Saturday, 4.05pm): South Africa and Australia will both aim to keep alive slim hopes of landing this season’s Rugby Champion(...)

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 (...)

Adam Ashley-Cooper will start at outside centre against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Nick Cummins will return to the Australia team for Saturday’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.Both pl(...)

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(...)

George North carries the ball and Australia’s Israel Folau downfield at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Australia 16 Lions 15: This always had the look of a game which would be decided by one moment, and long before the end, in truth, the Wallabies looke(...)

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(...)

Digby Ioane has undergone a knee operation. Photograph: Getty Images

Wallabies winger Digby Ioane is a doubt for the first test against the British and Irish Lions after undergoing a knee operation today. (...)