Australia’s exciting talent Israel Folau is tackled by Ireland’s Luke Marshall during last season’s 32-15 defeat at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho i

On one level it might look as if Ireland have missed a trick. Whereas England and Wales will each host four Tests in this last November window before (...)

Kurtley Beale in action for Australia in their  Rugby Championship match against South Africa  at Newlands  in Cape Town in September. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia will summon Kurtley Beale to their tour of Europe if he proves his fitness after assistant coach Nathan Grey revealed he was left behind for(...)

 Kurtley Beale arrives at the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) headquarters in Sydney for a  code of conduct hearing  following the publication of the offensive text messages which led to team business manager Di Patston resigning. Photograph:   Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Former Australian Rugby Union official Di Patston said she felt “degraded” and considered suicide after being sent an offensive text message by Walla(...)

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

An apocryphal tale: Leinster coach Michael Cheika arrives for his post match briefing. “ Yes,” he says “the team did really well. We took our c(...)

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has stepped down. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Australian rugby was plunged further into crisis a year out from the World Cup on Saturday when under-fire coach Ewen McKenzie resigned a few hours be(...)

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has been suspended pending a probe into “deeply offensive” text messages he allegedly sent earlier this year. Beale was already facing disciplinary charges over a bust-up with Di Patston on a flight from South Africa to Argentina for a Rugby Championship test last week. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

The Wallabies team official at the centre of the Kurtley Beale row, team business manager Di Patston, has quit her job because of “stress relating to (...)

  Ewen McKenzie: “There are people out there and there’s some sort of campaign to impugn that that’s the situation. I’ve got a professional relationship with her and that’s all.”

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has denied he was involved in an intimate relationship with a Wallabies team official in an extraordinary news conferenc(...)

 Kurtley Beale has won 47 Australian caps. Photograph: Getty.

Utility back Kurtley Beale has been dumped for the Wallabies’ final Rugby Championship match against Argentina after an in-flight row with a member of(...)

Captain Richie McCaw  scores one of his two tries  against Australia and is  congratulated by teammates Aaron Cruden (left) and Aaron Smith during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Nigel Marple / Reuters

New Zealand 51 Australia 20 New Zealand laid down a Rugby Championship marker as they beat Australia 51-20 at Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup. T(...)

Kurtley Beale (right) of Australia receives a kick against New Zealand  during their Rugby Championship match in Sydney. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Australia 12 New Zealand 12 Australia foiled New Zealand’s bid to win an historic 18th consecutive Test as the Bledisloe Cup rivals played out (...)