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(...)

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)

Tevita Kuridrani of Australia escapes France’s Yoann Huget during their Test match at the Stade de France, Paris on November 15th. Photograph: Reuters.

This is the most significant autumn international in many years, yet this match has nothing to do with November internationals.There are two fine coac(...)

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 and Conor Murray during Ireland’s captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland-Australia matches don’t tend to do dull, and with a favourable forecast this should be no different. Like all previous match-ups, this will be(...)

Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)

Lock Rob Simmonscrosses the whitewash in Australia’s loss to France last weekend. photograph: Reuters/ Gonzalo Fuentes

Matt O’Connor made an interesting comment recently when it was suggested that Kane Douglas, his newly acquired lock, might be sucked back into the Wa(...)

 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(...)

 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-(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa scored the crucial try for New Zealand in Brisbane.  Photograph: Getty Images

Australia 28 New Zealand 29 New Zealand scored and converted a last-gasp try to seal a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday i(...)