Michael Cheika’s Australia can secure top spot in the pool of death if they beat wales on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

The first press conference Michael Cheika conducted when the Australia squad arrived in London from Bath was at eight in the morning in an oppressivel(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton

There is a temptation to portray Warren Gatland as the poker-faced gambler, a man who follows a hunch, from his days in charge of Ireland, through hi(...)

George North, seen here lifting Israel Folau while playing for the Lions against Australia in 2013, has been moved to centre by Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images.

There is honour among coaches. Warren Gatland knows a thing or two with regard to criticism. During the week he took time to offer empathetic support (...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika at a team training session at Dulwich college in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Israel Folau and Rob Horne will undergo late fitness tests on Thursday afternoon before Australia coach Michael Cheika selects his starting XV to face(...)

USA ssistant coach Chris O’Brien:  “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country right now and you are seeing kids starting at six and eight years old.” Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

As a sense of inevitability descends over the team colours of the final eight nations in the Rugby World Cup, there is room to believe that it may not(...)

 Wales’s Gareth Davies puts in against Fiji during their World Cup Pool A match at the Millennium Stadium. Wales forward coach Robin McBryde said: “Fiji put England and Australia under pressure but we were under pressure on our own ball (against Fiji) when the hooker was striking.” Photograph: Getty Images

There is a growing fear of how referees are calling scrums and the breakdown as the World Cup moves towards the final pool matches. While there has(...)

Johnny Sexton  runs with the ball during the   Pool D match against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Youtube clip titled “Bastareaud et Sexton: L’histoire d’un bus et d’un piéton [the history of a bus and a pedestrian]” will displease Johnny Sexto(...)

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(...)

 Michael Cheika addresses his charges before Australia’s game against England at Twickenham. Photo:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

As England coach Stuart Lancaster and his captain Chris Robshaw fronted up the media at the post match press conference, down the corridor the English(...)

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(...)