Michael Cheika’s Australia can secure top spot in the pool of death if they beat wales on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

The first press conference Michael Cheika conducted when the Australia squad arrived in London from Bath was at eight in the morning in an oppressivel(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton

There is a temptation to portray Warren Gatland as the poker-faced gambler, a man who follows a hunch, from his days in charge of Ireland, through hi(...)

Drew Mitchell scored two of Australia’s 11 tries in their 63-3 rout of Uruguay at Villa Park. Photograph: Reuters

Australia 65 Uruguay 3 As warm-ups for the main event go, this was more pointless than the scoreline suggests. Not many, if any, of Australia’s line-u(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup. Flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-capt(...)

On the final day of the INTO congress in Ennis, Clones native Tracey Whyte told delegates that, in the current school year, she has suffered 20 physical assaults, with a total of 60 serious assaults against staff at her school. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A schoolteacher has told the INTO congress she has been head-butted, spat at, kicked in the head and had a fire-extinguisher thrown at her while in t(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan says teachers “need to be realistic” about the Government’s capacity to restore the pay losses of the austerity era. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says teachers “need to be realistic” about the Government’s capacity to restore the pay losses of the austerity(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan  recently rejected a value-for-money report which had recommended further rationalisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is a disgrace that highly qualified teaching graduates are being forced to emigrate at a time when Ireland has the most overcrowded classes in the(...)

Nevin Economic Research Institute director Tom Healy told the INTO conference “societies should not spare on investment in the early years”.

Prioritising tax cuts ahead of investment in early childhood development would be “immoral, economically irrational and fiscally irresponsible”, the d(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King is due to retire at the end of the year, and a plan is afoot to appoint his successor through a plebiscite of members. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

After six years of austerity, it’s payback time as far as the teacher unions are concerned. Pay and conditions top the agenda across the three trad(...)

 Australia fullback Israel Folau  escapes the challenge of Wales’ Alex Cuthbert to score the first of his two tries in the autumn international at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 28 Australia 33Wales’ excruciating agony against the southern hemisphere heavyweights continued in Cardiff as they suffered a 10th successive lo(...)