Leigh Halfpenny in Champions Cup action against Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Getty Images

Place-kicker Leigh Halfpenny is Toulon’s major injury concern ahead of Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster in Marseilles on Sunday.Halfpenny da(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper: is looking forward to playing against  recent IRB World Player of the Year nominee Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Inpho

Portraying Quade Cooper as an artist is based on the empirical evidence of his performances as a rugby player. Suggesting that the New Zealand-born, W(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper in action against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Portraying Quade Cooper as an artist is based on the empirical evidence of his performances as a rugby player. Suggesting that the New Zealand-born, W(...)

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika issues instructions to his squad  at a training session ahead of the Barbarians match, at Dulwich College  in London, England. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Australia have reunited Quade Cooper and Will Genia at half-back for Saturday’s non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham. It will be(...)

Australia’s Joe Tomane scores a try against Wales    at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

Wales 26 Australia 30: Wales’ agony against Australia continued at the Millennium Stadium as they suffered a ninth successive defeat after being left (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony jumps to win a high ball in the early stages of the match against Samoa on Saturday in which the home side, despite a patchy 

performance, emerged victorious. 

Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt agreed with the analogy that the side had spent the last two weeks cramming for their first exam under h(...)

New Zealand’s Cory Jane reinstated  after a long injury lay-off

Consistency has been the buzzword for both the All Blacks and Wallabies ahead of their third and final Bledisloe Cup clash of 2013 in Dunedin tomorrow(...)

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, seen here at Carton House, has been ‘lucky enough’ with injuries.   Photograph:   Julien Behal/PA Wire.

This afternoon the Lions supplied clear information about Seán O’Brien’s bruised knee – after a bone on bone collision in last Friday’s Challen(...)