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Stuart Broad of England and James Anderson speak during warm up ahead of day four of the First Test. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are “fit and ready to go” for the pink ball Test starting on Thursday in Adelaide, when England will attempt to end Au(...)

Australia’s new captain Patrick Cummins with touring captain Joe Root. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/Getty/AFP

It is the Ashes series that flirted with postponement but, barring unexpected late hiccups or early rain, the world’s highest ranked bowler and batsma(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird makes a break during the victory over Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The big three of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia having been beaten on the same day for the first time since 2002 on Saturday, Ireland complet(...)

Wales’ Nick Tompkins breaks away to score after intercepting an Australian pass at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

In the end, as so often these days, it was all about the cards. Wales emerge from their autumn with two wins from four, a more than credible return gi(...)

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne  during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

A primary challenge for elite young rugby players these days is to avoid being overtrained and underplayed. Playing matches is the ultimate developmen(...)

Australia’s Pat Cummins is in bullish mood ahead of the England series. File photograph: Getty

It could be argued that the first crucial moment of Saturday’s match between England and Australia took place 48 hours before it is even scheduled to (...)

Louis Lynagh during an England training session held at The Lensburyin Teddington, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Louis Lynagh’s selection in an extended England squad last month put a dagger through the heart of Australian rugby fans who hold precious memories of(...)

Ireland’s Niamh Fahey celebrates after her team’s opening goal at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 3 Australia 2 Tigers one and all. That is how manager Vera Pauw described this workaholic group of equally paid Irish internation(...)

Marvin Orie will partner schoolboy friend Eben Etzebeth in the South Africa secondrow for the Rugby Championship game against Australia on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa will be without key lock Lood de Jager for the second Rugby Championship Test with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, one of two changes (...)

 Rassie Erasmus: his regrettable intervention via an hour-long video rant should be punished by World Rugby. Photograph: Rodge Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

In the last 12 months, and against all manner of odds and expectations, rugby in the northern hemisphere has managed to complete two Six Nations champ(...)

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