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 Kurtley Beale has won 47 Australian caps. Photograph: Getty.

Utility back Kurtley Beale has been dumped for the Wallabies’ final Rugby Championship match against Argentina after an in-flight row with a member of(...)

Bismarck du Plessis has been selected to play as hooker for South Africa against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to his starting line-up to face New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg on (...)

Paul O’Connell, Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe in Ireland’s new home and alternate kits. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Canterbury and the IRFU unveiled the new home and alternate kits that the Irish team will wear for the next six years, beginning with the Guinness Ser(...)

Tatafu Polota Nau of the Waratahs is key to Wallabies’ hopes.  Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Australia v Argentina Gold Coast, 10.05am Sky Sports 2The sandy beaches and glitzy night-spots of the Gold Coast have long catered to Australians comi(...)

Toulon’s Steffon Armitage: considering options due	 to England’s refusal to pick anyone who is based overseas. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The International Rugby Board is ready to block exploitation of a loophole in qualifying regulations for Rio 2016 that enables players to switch natio(...)

 Ryan Crotty:  will make his first Test start for New Zealand at inside centre in place of the injured Ma’a Nonu. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the(...)

Joseph O’Brien is attempting to make the weight so as to ride Australia in York’s Juddmonte feature. Photograph: PA

Considering how Sea The Stars and Frankel are on the Juddmonte International roll of honour it’s odd to see York’s most prestigious race as somethi(...)

David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0 A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish playe(...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill fires home a left-footed volley in the World Cup Group B clash against the Netherlands at  Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Netherlands 3 Australia 2Louis van Gaal had complained beforehand about his view from the dugout but for much of this extraordinary game the Dutch man(...)

Australia’s  Israel Folau in possession against France during the  second  Test match at the  Etihad Stadium  in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

The 6-0 victory in Melbourne may have sealed Australia’s three-match series against France but the bore-fest will do few favours for the game’s standi(...)

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