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Referee Angus Gardner red cards Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto for a high tackle against Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

I have to start where I finished off last week – dangerous play. The weekend saw examples of players hitting into opponents’ heads and necks with shou(...)

Ardie Savea of the All Blacks is tackled during Saturday’s Tri-Nations match between the Wallabies and New Zealand in Brisbane. Photograph:  Jono Searle/Getty Images

There was marvellous action in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup match, when Australia overturned New Zealand, and redeemed themselves following their record d(...)

Former Wallaby Phil Kearns speaks to the media during The Rugby Championship 2021 fixture announcement at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby has broken ranks with its southern hemisphere partners and demanded a change to the Rugby Championship schedule in Australia, compla(...)

Leinster could face Munster in a Pro 14 game at the Aviva Stadium on the first weekend of rugby’s proposed resumption in August. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Such is the desperate need to restore Test rugby before the end of the year within Ireland and elsewhere that hosting the cancelled July tours in the (...)

Dave Rennie: will leave Glasgow Warriors to take over as Australia coach on a three-and-a-half year deal. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

With Dave Rennie’s appointment as Wallabies coach an important part of his predecessor Michael Cheika’s legacy will live on. When Cheika took over (...)

Michael Cheika has quite as Australia coach. Photo: Hiroshi Yamamura/Getty Images

Michael Cheika has insisted he had no choice but to resign after Australia were dumped out of the World Cup by England. The former Leinster and Stade(...)

 Michael Cheika: “I’d rather win it our way or no way. That’s the way Aussies want us to play.”

Michael Cheika said he would prefer to lose the Australian way, with ball in hand, than win by playing a more conservative game after the Wallabies cr(...)

Jonny May of England scores a try during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between England and Australia, in Oita. Photo: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

England 40 Australia 16 Not for the first time in their Rugby World Cup history England gave their fans some palpitations en route, but Eddie Jones a(...)

England’s Owen Farrell during a training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: England v Australia Kick-off: 8.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Oita Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblo(...)

Maro Itoje  during  England rugby training  at Jissoji Ground in Beppu, Japan on Wednesday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s Maro Itoje has slammed this week’s racist abuse in football as appalling and abysmal and warned that rugby union should not consider itself (...)

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