Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup. Flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-capt(...)

Stuart Olding: returns to Ulster’s starting line-up for the visit of Toulon. Photo: Jonatahan Porter/Inpho

On paper these things sometimes seem to never quite add up. If you have Bakkies Botha, James O’Connor and Ali Williams and you leave them on the benc(...)

Toulon’s  Delon Armitage dives in for the decisive try after outrunning  Brock James of Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they co(...)

Saracens’ Owen Farrell impressed for England in the Six Nations, but the petulance he also demonstrated at times could be his undoing against Jonny Wilkinson and co. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

The bookmakers are having none of this match. Scratch being the handicap bet, which is no handicap at all. Maybe they see age as a justifiable leve(...)