Ellis Trophy

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The Millennium Stadium is a daunting venue for any visiting team. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some days are defining ones in your life as an athlete. For the Irish players, today is such a day. For Ireland it is black or white. Win and doors w(...)

Robbie Henshaw: England will target Ireland’s fullback who hasn’t played in the specialised position for club or country in four years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England perform at their best when there is blood dripping off their chins from a swollen nose that has just been joyously smacked. In last year’s ch(...)

Rob Kearney was the only Irish player to offload against France and even that went straight to the opposition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Of the new voices that are clamouring with outrage at Ireland’s lack of attacking savvy, I wonder how many would be protesting if Ireland had scored o(...)

Outhalf Dan Carter, who missed the last final in 2011 through injury, training with Beauden Barrett. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks starting team for tomorrow’s World Cup final picked itself. That tells us as much about their state of health, the planning of Steve Ha(...)

Australia backrower David Pocock makes a break against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in August. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In past World Cups, the northern hemisphere countries have rightfully feared the ‘marauding hordes’ from the south. Apart from England in 2003, all ot(...)

 Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to find a way around Ireland’s Ian Madigan at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

They’re a fiercely competitive bunch, the Aussies, and as much as they love winning they hate losing even more. How then are they coping after (...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)