Ireland’s Rob Kearney tackles Israel Folau during Saturday’s international rugby match against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 5:39

On Friday I noted the key to Ireland’s success was high-tempo, low-error rugby. This of course was partly true, especially as Ireland rattled up 17 qu(...)

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper picked up a black eye  during one of Michael Cheika’s full-on training sessions in Dublin. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Australia boss Michael Cheika has brought an end to Wallabies stars cosily expecting to command regular selection, according to captain Michael Ho(...)

 Australia’s Michael Hooper  in action against France  at The Stade De France  Paris, France. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images 3:59

‘One thing I picked up is that Australian players like to take ownership quickly,” former Irish technical advisor and forwards coach John Mitchell wr(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has no place in his starting team for Will Genia or Quade Cooper. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Australia coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the side defeated by France last weekend for Saturday’s visit to the Aviva. Winger Henry Speig(...)

Ulster hooker Rory Best goes through his paces with the Ireland squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland approach their final Guinness Series Test in ruder health than Joe Schmidt and the management ticket might have envisaged. Saturday’s rendezv(...)

Ireland’s number seven scores the all-important first try against the Springboks but perhaps he didn’t get the credit he deserved. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not long after last Saturday’s final whistle I found myself in the Aviva Premium Section 326 bar where I bumped into three wise men standing very tall(...)

 Australia fullback Israel Folau  escapes the challenge of Wales’ Alex Cuthbert to score the first of his two tries in the autumn international at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 28 Australia 33Wales’ excruciating agony against the southern hemisphere heavyweights continued in Cardiff as they suffered a 10th successive lo(...)

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

An apocryphal tale: Leinster coach Michael Cheika arrives for his post match briefing. “ Yes,” he says “the team did really well. We took our c(...)