Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup. Flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-capt(...)

Australia’s David Pocock is one of the best operators at the breakdown in world rugby. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

With a slight lull in play this weekend I decided to consult the rule book or should I say ‘World Rugby laws of the game’. With 48 World Cup matches a(...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry:   “Watch his early adoption of suitable body position as he puts himself into the ideal entry point over the ball.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:30

Kilkenny’s extraordinary methodology makes hurling a super team sport; so too Joe Schmidt’s rugby but for me it’s off shore sailing epitomised by t(...)

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 flanker  Michael Hooper will play against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney after an appeal against the leniency of his one-match ban was dismissed. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper was freed to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney next Saturday after an appeal against the (...)

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(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper will be available to play New Zealand in The Rugby Championship decider as he will serve his one-match ban in a club game. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Rugby’s disciplinary processes are set to come under further scrutiny after it was announced that Australia captain Michael Hooper will be allowed ser(...)

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(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau has signed an extension to his national contract until the end of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on We(...)