Australian captain  and hooker Stephen Moore and the rest of the Australian frontrowers did their talking on the pitch against England at Twickenham. Photograph:     David Rogers/Getty Images

We have all got to accept England are simply not good enough. There is no doubt they gave their best against Australia and turned up to play but acros(...)

The Australian scrum was dominant all night and a source of penalties and crucial momentum for the Wallabies. Photograph: Reuters  1:35

Of all the people who had a cruel hand in ejecting the hosts from their own party, a special mention should be made of Mario Ledesma, the former Argen(...)

England were beaten by Australia - thanks largely to a dominant performance by the visitor’s pack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters 1:35

England 13 Australia 33 It’ll be absolutely no consolation to England that they were handsome contributors to a wonderful Rugby World Cup match. Austr(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika enjoys a good laugh  during an Australia media session at the Grange Wellington Hotel  in London, United Kingdom. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even with two players on the way home Michael Cheika didn’t flinch at the Australian team hotel in Pimlico. Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton are out of t(...)

Ian Madigan may have to feature at scrum half with Ireland just bringing Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray to the World Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt admitted it was a calculated risk. Isaac Boss and Kieron Marmion stay at home with Ian Madigan prepared to slot in at scrumhalf if the (...)

Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong, will” – is something Australia coach Michael Cheika is unlikely to take too seriously. While most teams (...)

Irish defence coach Les Kiss says there are areas where Ireland can improve. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whereas other coaches have bitten the bullet in finalising their 31-man squads, or will have done so by the weekend, Joe Schmidt and his assistants(...)

 Quade Cooper will play against New Zealand at Eden Park. Photograph: Peter Parks/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting outhalf at the All Blacks’ fortre(...)

Australia tighthead prop Sekope Kepu runs in his side’s first try during the Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand  at ANZ Stadium  in Sydney. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Suddenly, Australia have emerged as a genuine force to be reckoned with at the World Cup. And, for the first time in a very long time, there are now s(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: “They’ve forced my hand to see if it can work. I believe it can.” Photo: Andrew Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Australia have taken a punt on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Champio(...)