All Blacks celebrates a try against Argentina during their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Outhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their All Blacks debuts against South Africa on Saturday after being named in the starting si(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau has signed an extension to his national contract until the end of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on We(...)

Michael Cheika of Australia: “I just want his family back home to know that we care.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia head coach Michael Cheika wants the family of Phil Hughes to know that his team care and are touched by the cricketer’s tragic passing. (...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper picked up a black eye  during one of Michael Cheika’s full-on training sessions in Dublin. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Australia boss Michael Cheika has brought an end to Wallabies stars cosily expecting to command regular selection, according to captain Michael Ho(...)

Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper will be used as “nice little attacking weapon towards the end of the game”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Cheika enjoyed his five years living in Dublin; he didn’t enjoy the first five minutes of yesterday’s press conference in Killiney Cas(...)

Kurtley Beale during an Australia training session at Stradbrook in Blackrock on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika has vowed not to play “social worker” to controversy-plagued Australia utility back Kurtley Beale. The Wallabies boss pledged Beale wil(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has no place in his starting team for Will Genia or Quade Cooper. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Australia coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the side defeated by France last weekend for Saturday’s visit to the Aviva. Winger Henry Speig(...)

Lock Rob Simmonscrosses the whitewash in Australia’s loss to France last weekend. photograph: Reuters/ Gonzalo Fuentes

Matt O’Connor made an interesting comment recently when it was suggested that Kane Douglas, his newly acquired lock, might be sucked back into the Wa(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika before the autumn Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

The first time I met Michael Cheika, I had a row with him. We played Leinster in a Pro 12 game at Lansdowne Road in 2006, a few months after we’d bea(...)