Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

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(...)

 David Nucifora during his time as Australian assiatnt coach. Photograph:  Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The IRFU will formally announce David Nucifora as the union’s new Performance Director at a press conference in the Aviva stadium on Thursday. (...)

We can’t wait to hear more of Ronan O’Gara being questioned by Brent Pope. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Well, after all that Latvia-thumping-induced euphoria on Friday night, Saturday was a bit of a downer, our rugby men conquered, rather emphatically, b(...)

I am a ‘Quade doubter’ but I have to admit, I have been mightily impressed by Cooper’s performances since his return. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The racist remarks that were thrown about in Australia at the end of New Zealander, Robbie Deans era as Wallaby coach, made me ashamed to be part of t(...)

 Australia outhalf Quade Cooper spins out a pass during the Autumn International Series encounter with Ireland at Croke Park in November 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not ridiculous to believe that Australia coach Ewen McKenzie’s recipe for making Quade Cooper sweet is a dash of child psychology and a ladle of (...)

Scott Fardy will start in the back row for Australia against Ireland this weekend.

Australia have made three changes to the side that beat Italy 50-20 last week. All of the switches are in the pack, reinforcing Wallaby coach Ewen McK(...)

Quade Cooper of Australia hands off Dylan Hartley of England at Twickenham earlier this month

It was the most compelling press conference of the Lions tour, the most compelling match prior to the first test and it revolved around Quade Cooper a(...)

Australia’s Wallabies’ coach Ewen McKenzie walks next to players before the start of the Rugby Championship  match against Argentina. Photograph:  Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

Conceivably, Ewen McKenzie could have been preparing Ireland to face his native Australians this week. Coming to the end of his time with the Queensla(...)

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(...)