Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

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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(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper jumps to collect a lineout against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Amilcar Orfali/Getty images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper’s hopes of facing the All Blacks in Sydney next week suffered a blow yesterday when Sanzar launched an appeal against(...)

Australian secondrow Kane Douglas has been released from his contract with Leinster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kane Douglas’s all too brief stay with Leinster has come to an official end as the 26-year-old arrived in on Thursday to finalise terms with the Queen(...)

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(...)

Tevita Kuridrani’s last minute try gave Australia an opening victory over South Africa in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Afp

Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park o(...)

Toulon were crowned champions of Europe for a third successive year after they beat Toulon 24-18 at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

Clermont Auvergne 18 Toulon 24Toulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French(...)