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(...)

Jean de Villiers from South Africa celebrates scoring a try in  their Rugby Championship match against  Australia at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma / EPA

South Africa 28 Australia 10South Africa captain Jean de Villiers hailed his team’s perfect game-plan after their 28-10 Rugby Championship victory ove(...)

New Zealand captain  Richie McCaw stretches past the tackle of South Africa’s Jan Serfontein to score a try in the second half of the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Rugby Championship round-up: Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zeal(...)

Captain Richie McCaw  scores one of his two tries  against Australia and is  congratulated by teammates Aaron Cruden (left) and Aaron Smith during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Nigel Marple / Reuters

New Zealand 51 Australia 20 New Zealand laid down a Rugby Championship marker as they beat Australia 51-20 at Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup. T(...)

Danny Care: scrumhalf in line to replace Leicester’s Ben Youngs in Dunedin.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Care has been passed fit for England in Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. The Harlequins scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury last wee(...)

“Why would we slow down a lineout . . . especially when we are chasing the game?” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s heroic effort in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland did not please everyone with local media blaming what they viewed as an orch(...)

Australia’s Nick Cummins  scores a try against France  at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jason O’Brien / Reuters

Australia 50 France 23Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries and a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first test(...)

James Horwill and Israel Folau share a joke during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rdin Gold Coast, Australia. Getty Images

Having led Australia into a World Cup and helped secure the nation’s first Southern Hemisphere title in a decade, former captain James Horwill finds h(...)

Richie McCaw talks to his All Blacks team during the epic match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. At the press conference after the match McCaw talked of the belief that flows through the team, even under the most intense pressure. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

I’m still heartbroken – but it’s worse for Justin Brownen who, while flying to the Middle East, watched online at 30,000ft. However the wifi cut out o(...)

Australia’s anarchic lead singer Quade Cooper celebrates scoring his try against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images.

It has been suggested Ireland’s only chance against the All Blacks this Sunday is to play to our traditional strengths ie bringing them out on the las(...)