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 Samu Kerevi scores Australia’s crucial fifth try in Sapporo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Australia 39 Fiji 21 Twice champions Australia survived an almighty scare in their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji on Saturday as they fought ba(...)

Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper  and David Pocock  take part in a training session at the Shiroyama stadium in Odawara. Photograph: by Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Pool D: Australia v Fiji, Sapporo Dome, Saturday, 5.45am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Australia captain Michael Hooper is relishing the oppo(...)

Australian captain John Eales talks to South African referee Andre Watson after receiving a yellow card during the Rugby World Cup 1999 final against France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

The admiration for Australia’s World Cup winning captain John Eales as a player can be gleaned from the nickname bestowed on him by teammates of ‘Nobo(...)

  Australia head coach Michael Cheika holds a team talk during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Never mind the typhoon, a storm of former Leinster coaches is about to hit Tokyo. Beware the wounded Wallabies. Same goes for Ireland. When faced wit(...)

Michael Cheika’s Australia squad have delayed their departure for Japan until Monday due to Typhoon Faxai. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

The Australian team’s departure for the Rugby World Cup has been delayed after meteorologists warned a typhoon featuring 130-mile-per-hour winds is du(...)

Jean Kleyn and James Ryan are two of Ireland’s secondrow options. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pool A Ireland Backs: Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell(...)

The Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Nick Mulvenney/Reuters

Rugby Australia is willing to bet the farm on the Wallabies winning the World Cup in Japan. The 31-man World Cup squad announced on Friday includes t(...)

All Blacks’ Sevu Reece celebrates his try with Beauden Barrett in the 2019 Investec Rugby Championship at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday. Photograph: Marty Melville/Inpho/Photosport

The Rugby Championship crown may have rested uneasily on their heads, but the Bledisloe Cup still sits snugly in place. Steve Hansen has always mainta(...)

 Richie Mo’unga: he could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7th. Photograph: Photosport/Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Richie Mo’unga has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury but could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against (...)

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

Australia’s confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to co(...)

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