Five Ireland players – Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock and Jack McGrath – broke the 24-tackle count over two games during Autumn Internationals. The choke still works. Photograph: Inpho

Defensive coach says Joe Schmidt’s side are working on all parts of their game to build some variation

Jason Harris-Wright to miss six months with knee injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw expected to start in vital clash with Scarlets

Paul O’Connell takes on Australia’s Luke Jones as Mike Hooper closes in at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘That’s just him as a leader. It shows his role in the team is unbelievable’

Rhys Ruddock is held up during the Ireland vs Australia game in the Aviva Stadium: “It was mentally the most challenging game I’ve been involved in.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Players happy with clean sweep but are under no illusions about Six Nations and World Cup

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.

15 green-shirted heroes saw off the Wallabies yesterday but who was pick of the bunch?

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Visitors likely to prolong the agony for struggling Treviso

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Australia is a cultural mix, it’s the wearing of the green and gold that makes them Wallabies

Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper will be used as “nice little attacking weapon towards the end of the game”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Coach Michael Cheika says decision gives Australia ‘more options’

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When he moved to Stade Français he wanted to take Sexton and O’Brien along with him

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