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Ireland’s Matthew Bell in action against Tim Brand of Australia in their World Cup opener at Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar, India. Photograph: Inpho

It was a final act of defiance by Ireland when goalkeeper David Harte was taken off for the final few minutes of their opening match in the men’s hock(...)

 Michael Cheika has guided Australia to nine defeats in their last 13 Test matches. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Rugby Australia has turned down an approach from World Cup-winning coach Jake White as media speculation swirls over the future of Wallabies coach Mic(...)

 Manu Tuilagi  during the England training session  on November 21st. He  was put through his paces on his own, away from the rest of the backs, before joining in full training. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Eddie Jones was on Wednesday night set to make a late call on whether to unleash Manu Tuilagi against Australia on Saturday. Tuilagi has not played (...)

Australia’s David Pocock looks on during squad training   in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia are expected to give David Pocock until the last possible moment to prove his fitness for Saturday’s encounter with England after it emerged(...)

 Australia head coach Michael Cheika  looks on during a training session   in Newport, Wales. Photograph: by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Preview: Australia v Wales  Principality Stadium, Saturday, 5.20  Live on TV: BBC2 When Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 Worl(...)

  New Zealand’s Kieran Read holds up the Championship trophy after victory over  Argentina at Jose Amalfitani Stadium  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph:  Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battl(...)

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(...)

Peru fans celebrate after their win over Australia in their 2018 World Cup Group C meeting. Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Australia 0 Peru 2 It would, if we are honest, have been a remarkable achievement if Bert van Marwijk had steered Australia through the group stage s(...)

Antoine Griezmann’s France take on Denmark on Tuesday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

GROUP C Denmark v France (Moscow, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Denmark 4-1, France 23-20, Draw 7-4 Australia v Peru (Sochi, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV 4). Bettin(...)

Mile Jedinak celebrates Australia’s equaliser against Denmark. Photograph Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia’s hopes of advancing to the World Cup knockout stage were hanging by a thread after they drew with Denmark in another(...)

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