Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup. 2:54

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong, will” – is something Australia coach Michael Cheika is unlikely to take too seriously. While most teams (...)

Will Genia was selected in Michael Cheika’s 31-man World Cup squad despite a lack of playing time due to injury. Photograph: Getty

Australia scrumhalf Will Genia felt “embarrassed” to be picked in the Wallabies’ World Cup squad ahead of Nic White and has pledged to make his spurne(...)

Quade Cooper  takes a high ball at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Casting Quade Cooper as villain of the piece is the easiest gig in Australian sports journalism in the wake of the Wallabies’ 41-13 Bledisloe Cup Test(...)

Australia tighthead prop Sekope Kepu runs in his side’s first try during the Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand  at ANZ Stadium  in Sydney. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Suddenly, Australia have emerged as a genuine force to be reckoned with at the World Cup. And, for the first time in a very long time, there are now s(...)

 Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

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(...)

 Australia’s Matt Toomua and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland collide at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho 5:39

Joe Schmidt’s “ruthless” selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best. Hooker Be(...)

 Ireland’s Paul O’Connell charges into   Luke Jones of Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Paul O’Connell, following an astonishing performance from the 35 year old, is asked whether Ireland would have lost this match to the Wallabies 12 mo(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ahead of the Australia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was taken to hospital after the 26-23 win over Australia with a suspected bout of a appendicitis. The Kiwi was unable to att(...)