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(...)

Paul O’Connell leads the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the game against Australia on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has claimed “there’s been nothing done on my behalf” in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to France after next year’s World C(...)

 Francis Saili of the Barbarians beats Sean McMahon to the ball to score a try  at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Barbarians 36 Australia 40 Australia withstood a frantic late rally to mark Michael Cheika’s first game as coach with a hugely entertaining 40-(...)

 Nick Cummins of the Wallabies will play his club rugby in Japan. Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Nick Cummins has been released from Western Force and his national contract on “compassionate grounds” and will play rugby in Japan after the end o(...)

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(...)

Adam Ashley-Cooper will start at outside centre against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Nick Cummins will return to the Australia team for Saturday’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.Both pl(...)

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(...)

 All Blacks forward Sam Cane at yesterday’s press conference at the  Castleknock Hotel & Country Club,  Co Dublin.  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The All Black management have no concerns around team discipline or players holding curfews this week in Dublin.Following Australia’s suspension of si(...)

Ireland’s Fergus McFadden is tackled by Australia’s Michael Hooper during the Guinness Series match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As reality checks go this was pretty sobering, to put it mildly. Ireland were beaten out the gate by a Wallabies side which was superior in every sing(...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)