Centre Matt Giteau is a popular member of the Australia squad. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

As the tournament progressed The Giteau Rule made England’s four-year plan to be successful at their own tournament look badly flawed. If Australia ma(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley Cooper, Scott Fardy, Scott Sio, Israel Folau and Michael Hooper after the press conference. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Michael Cheika insists Australia have ignored messages of goodwill hailing their passage into the World Cup final as they refuse to target anything ot(...)

Dan Carter is the complete player. His tactical kicking, his passing, his defending were all on the money against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

On the evidence of the past fortnight New Zealand would beat Australia by 20 points if Saturday’s game was anything other than a World Cup final. Ever(...)

“Games against New Zealand can go all over the shop. Sometimes it opens up, sometimes it closes down,” says Australia assistant coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Reuters

World Cup finals in most sports tend to be anti-climactic, taut, low-scoring affairs. Understandably, neither coaches nor players are inclined to be t(...)

Australia head coach  Michael Cheika congratulates David Pocock after the Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Not exactly La Bombonera but for this night Twickenham’s groove was nothing like a rugby stadium. The 80,025 crowd was riddled with passionate Argent(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper scores his second try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Australia 29 Argentina 15 The Pumas will go home to a heroic welcome after next Friday’s bronze play-off, and will do so as the great entertainers of (...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Scotland players react after their last gasp World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Australia 35 Scotland 34 Almost every game at this World Cup has provided some memorable thrills and spills but this was up there with the most grippi(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

Australia coach Michael Cheika has announced his 31-man squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup. Flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-capt(...)

Quade Cooper  takes a high ball at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Casting Quade Cooper as villain of the piece is the easiest gig in Australian sports journalism in the wake of the Wallabies’ 41-13 Bledisloe Cup Test(...)

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