Paul O’Connell, having given his all as Lions captain  in 2009, looked like he took about a year to recover. He was far from alone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The dust had barely settled on New Zealand’s World Cup final triumph over Australia when, just five days later, the Lions Rugby emails began (...)

David Nucifora, IRFU, performance director, is leading the review into Ireland’s World Cup displays. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The post Rugby World Cup (RWC) review into the Irish team performance in Cardiff and London last month will be completed by the end of November. The(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika enjoys a good laugh  during an Australia media session at the Grange Wellington Hotel  in London, United Kingdom. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even with two players on the way home Michael Cheika didn’t flinch at the Australian team hotel in Pimlico. Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton are out of t(...)

Kane Douglas in action for Leinster against Munster last season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lock Kane Douglas became eligible to play for Australia at the World Cup yesterday when he signed a three-year deal to join the Queensland Reds. The 2(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper jumps to collect a lineout against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Amilcar Orfali/Getty images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper’s hopes of facing the All Blacks in Sydney next week suffered a blow yesterday when Sanzar launched an appeal against(...)

Leinster have confirmed that Kane Douglas has been called up by the Australian Rugby Union ahead of the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup later in the year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster Rugby have this afternoon confirmed that they have received a request from the Australian Rugby Union to release Kane Douglas under World Rug(...)

England Rugby coach Stuart Lancaster is delighted at news of a three-test series against Australia in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Australia will host England in a three-test series with matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney during next year’s June international break, the Aus(...)

Tatafu Polota-Nau was forced from the ground with a head injury early in the New South Wales Waratahs’ Super Rugby game on Friday night. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Sport

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau could take a long leave of absence from rugby or even the quit the game entirely if he suffers another heavy head (...)

Australian Quade Cooper will be playing for Toulon next season. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Toulon have announced the signing of Australia player Quade Cooper.In an announcement on the official club website, Toulon said that 27-year-old Coope(...)

Dan Carter is one of a number of All Blacks who had to return to New Zealand in order to represent the side again. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand have no intention of following Australia’s lead and allowing players based at foreign clubs to play for the All Blacks, rugby chief Steve (...)