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Top: A packed stadium watches the Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia (Photo: Getty Images). Bottom: Supporters watch the Galway and Mayo match in Tuam (Photo: Inpho).

If there is to be a season, then at least the GAA won’t have to worry about attendance being down this year. The season resumed over the weekend in a (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: has blooded some 30 players in the Test arena since the 2015 global showpiece. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika’s hopes of fielding a settled side during the Rugby Championship have been dented by a midfield injury blow but the Wal(...)

Ireland women’s team were turned down the chance of a Test series in Australia despite offer to cover costs. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The IRFU rejected an offer from Rugby Australia to host a historic three-test double-header of men’s and women’s internationals. A formal invitation (...)

Steve Hansen has been mentoring Canterbury players, and by extension many an All Black, even before Richie McCaw joined the Crusaders. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

After the father came the son. Des Hansen, who passed away the week of the 2012 Bledisloe Cup decider in Brisbane, was one of Christchurch and the Mar(...)

Quade Cooper  takes a high ball at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Casting Quade Cooper as villain of the piece is the easiest gig in Australian sports journalism in the wake of the Wallabies’ 41-13 Bledisloe Cup Test(...)

 Richie McCaw will become the most capped test player in international rugby history this weekend. Photograph: EPA

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has downplayed his own personal milestone ahead of the Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia on Saturday and wants his si(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper will be playing for his World Cup place when he faces New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday. Photo: Andrews Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Victor Vito and Quade Cooper are both playing for their World Cup places when the All Blacks and Wallabies clash in the defining Bledisloe Cup encount(...)

 Quade Cooper will play against New Zealand at Eden Park. Photograph: Peter Parks/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting outhalf at the All Blacks’ fortre(...)

Richie McCaw to become most capped player in test rugby, bypassing Brian O’Driscoll. Photo: EPA

Richie McCaw will become the most capped player in test rugby in the Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia on Saturday, notching up yet another reco(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: “They’ve forced my hand to see if it can work. I believe it can.” Photo: Andrew Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Australia have taken a punt on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Champio(...)

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