Nathan Grey, Defence Coach of Australia speaks to the media following an Australia team recovery session in London. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Defences win championships, it is said, and as well as possessing two potent, creative and well-coached attacking games, Saturday’s World Cup final(...)

Gordon Hamilton’s try put Ireland on the brink of a famous win over Australia and the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Inpho

Ahead of the 1991 World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and Australia, not many people were giving Ciaran Fitzgerald’s side a prayer. Indeed,(...)

Lions Test fullback Leigh Halfpenny appears to listen intently as outhalf Jonny Sexton speaks during the captain’s run out at  Churchie School in Brisbane. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to put this into context? “This is our shot at forever,” ventured Paul O’Connell this week, which re-invoked the immortal words of forwards coa(...)