Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)

 Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to find a way around Ireland’s Ian Madigan at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

They’re a fiercely competitive bunch, the Aussies, and as much as they love winning they hate losing even more. How then are they coping after (...)

 Ireland’s Paul O’Connell charges into   Luke Jones of Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Paul O’Connell, following an astonishing performance from the 35 year old, is asked whether Ireland would have lost this match to the Wallabies 12 mo(...)

 All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: ‘We lacked that clinical edge at the end. We don’t have that yet.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael Cheika called it a “rain of bombs.” Jonathan Sexton was the man lighting the fuse and while it wasn’t his best game for Ireland his influence (...)

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika the hobo, the Pat Garrett of rugby union is back in town. As he was for Leinster by 2009 he became for the Waratahs this season; a coa(...)

Eyes on the Ball: Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton in the recent match against South Africa: Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:48

Jonathan Sexton offers an umbilical link between the coaching regimes of Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt at Leinster. His anecdotes in chronicling the(...)

Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy during a training session at Carton House Hotel, Kildare, Ireland this morning. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Pa 3:59

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made two changes to the team that beat South Africa in the opening November test match for Saturday’s final game against(...)

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(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper in action against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

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(...)