Australia’s Nick Cummins  scores a try against France  at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jason O’Brien / Reuters

Australia 50 France 23Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries and a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first test(...)

 Coach Ewen McKenzie speaks to media during an Australian Wallabies team announcement at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rd. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has dumped scrumhalf Will Genia and relegated former skipper James Horwill to the bench for his side’s first test agains(...)

Ewen McKenzie has sanctioned 15 of his players after a late night out in Dublin.

And so yet another bunch of Australian sportsmen inhale too much grog and suffer the consequences. Once we all joked about the old amber nectar and th(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw made his Ireland debut on the summer tour earlier this year

It is very simple. The IRFU, as their director of rugby Eddie Wigglesworth explains, live and breathe off the national team. Everything else is backgr(...)

James O’Connor speaks to the media during a press conference to announce his signing for London Irish this morning. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

London Irish have confirmed the signing of Australia international James O’Connor until the end of the season.The English club were widely expected to(...)

James O’Connor (23) made his Wallabies debut as an 18-year-old. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

London Irish are expected to announce the signing of Australia star James O’Connor. The Aviva Premiership side have called a press conference f(...)

James O’Connor: has effectively ruled himself out of the next World Cup with his planned move abroad. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

Discarded Australia back James O’Connor has decided to quit rugby Down Under and seek a fresh start in England – and a possible move to London Irish –(...)

Tony McGahan takes over as Melbourne Rebels head coach. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Melbourne Rebels have continued their end-of-season clean-out by sacking head coach Damien Hill, a day after sensationally dumping Australia out(...)

 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(...)

 Left to right - Owen Farrell, Jamie Heaslip, Tom Youngs, Alex Cuthbert, Adam Jones (under jacket), Ben Youngs and Sam Warburton watch the final moments of the second Test from the bench. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

So, not entirely surprisingly, it’s come down to this. It’s been that kind of season, that kind of tour. Both sides now have an 80 minute shot at fore(...)