Alan Gaffney: “I just think they are very, very strong and they have got a lot of depth at the present time and full credit to the coaches all over the provinces.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia will fear Ireland, when they host them in their first ever three-match Test series next year, because of what Joe Schmidt’s side have achiev(...)

Australia head coach Michael Cheika made no changes to the side which drew 27-27 with South Africa in Bloemfontein last weekend. Photograph:    Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika named an unchanged side for the first time since he took charge in 2014 for Saturday’s closing Rugby Championship test (...)

 England’s Stuart Broad: “Every ball in this series is going to be competitive, and we have to be switched on to that.” Photograph: Getty Images

Stuart Broad and England step into the unknown this week in the first day-night Test match to be held in England. The historic encounter begins on Thu(...)

Beauden Barrett: “If the Wallabies do bring that on Saturday, we have learned ways to deal with it.” Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The British and Irish Lions used a rush defence to great effect in their drawn series against the All Blacks this year but flyhalf Beauden Barrett say(...)

Paula Fitzpatrick celebrates Ireland’s opening World Cup win over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On an opening day of heavy scoring from New Zealand, Canada and England, it was left to the home team to inject a sense of World Cup wonder in UCD. A(...)

Head coach Tom Tierney addresses the Ireland squad in a huddle during the captain’s run at UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Australia (UCD Bowl, 7pm - Live RTÉ and eir Sport) The Women’s Rugby World Cup is not a major tournament. Certainly not in scale. This fled(...)

Australia captain Shannon Parry.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Australian captain Shannon Parry had already said it in July. She didn’t need to say it again. Australia will field its best prepared team ever at the(...)

Ronan O’Gara leaves the field against the New South Wales Waratahs in 2001. Photograph: Getty Images

Violent. Intense. Intoxicating. And so another Lions tour is sprung on two hemispheres. A chain of warm up matches whet appetites before Warren Gatlan(...)

Last throw of the dice: Joe Schmidt believes Ireland have a “fantastic chance” of getting something out of the championship. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Not even a title shoot-out, never mind a Grand Slam shoot-out. Instead, Ireland will have to regroup and host England in the 2017 Six Nations finale n(...)

Pakistan face a fight to save the third Test on the final day after another David Warner blitz helped give Australia time to attempt to secure a 3-0 s(...)