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Joey Carbery will start at outhalf for Ireland against Australia in  Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So the Grand Slam champions and Leinster-infused Ireland rugby squad, bestriding the northern hemisphere like never before, pitch up Down Under agains(...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

As his name would suggest, Bernard Foley has Irish roots: “My ancestry goes a long way back.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Australia is still a young country, culturally mixed and drawn from diverse backgrounds, and under Michael Cheika, the Wallabies’ players have been en(...)

Joe Schmidt: ‘We want to make sure this tour is another building block for what comes in the future.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is a measure of Irish rugby’s game management system that a near full-strength squad pitched up on the Gold Coast over the weekend in readiness for(...)

Australia’s new head coach Bert van Marwijk. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Australia (300-1) Who are they? Two weeks after making it to Russia on the back of a mammoth qualification campaign, Australia boss Ange Postecoglou(...)

Bernard Foley at number 10 is a certainty for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Clash of cultures. The Australia squad announcement on Fox Sports this morning (10.30am Irish time) allows Joe Schmidt to ignite precise preparations (...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

 Katie Mullan: won her 100th cap against Spain. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

If Tuesday’s 7-0 drubbing by Spain in the first of their four-match series gave Ireland an idea of how much work needs to be done ahead of this summer(...)

 James Anderson and Stuart Broad: experienced duo will be pivotal to England’s hopes in the second Test at Adelaide.  Photograph:  Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

England must sweep aside the distraction of the Ben Stokes saga and get the ball swinging if they are to move back on level terms with Australia when (...)

England’s James Vince  bats during day one of the First Test  against Australia in the  Ashes   at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

James Vince said that if Australia did not know some of England’s less-vaunted names before the start of their Ashes defence then they will do now fol(...)

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