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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(...)

Jean Beausejour   celebrates scoring Chile’s third goal with Mauricio Pinilla during the World Cup Group B match against Australia at Arena Pantanal  in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Chile 3 Australia 1Chile held off an Australia fightback to open their World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over the battling Socceroos in Cuiaba.The Sou(...)

Australian player Tim Cahill (front) and teammates during a training session at earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

If Australia’s World Cup warm-up against Ecuador in London in March is anything to go by, their opening Group B clash with Chile at the Pantanal Arena(...)

Danny Care: scrumhalf in line to replace Leicester’s Ben Youngs in Dunedin.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Care has been passed fit for England in Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. The Harlequins scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury last wee(...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill holds the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.  Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Manager: Ange Postecoglou Best finish: Second Round (2006) World Cup record: P 13, W 2, D 3, L 8 History By far the most inexperien(...)

Goalscorers Jeremain Lens (back) and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrate against Wales  in Amsterdam . Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Wales 0Arjen Robben scored the first goal and made the second to give the Netherlands a winning send off before they head to the World C(...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)

Ireland’s Seán Cronin, Ian Madigan and Brian O’Driscoll after the defeat to Australia game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The worst part of being a professional rugby player is losing games. That probably seems like an obvious thing to say that but it’s still worth rememb(...)

 The England team celebrate after the last wicket goes of Peter Siddle and the Ashes are won during day four of the fourth  Ashes Test match  in Chester-le-Street, England. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

England coach Andy Flower is not willing to experiment with his line-up too much for next week’s final Ashes Test against Australia, even though the h(...)

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has kept his faith in outhalf James O’Connor for tomorrow’s second Test against the Lions in Melbourne. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Wounded they may be, but not nearly as badly as initially feared. The odds on Robbie Deans restricting the overhaul to just two injury-enforced change(...)

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