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France’s players celebrate with fans after bearing Tonga  at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

At the end of yet another week when the prevailing rugby mood was a bit on the glum side – the postmortem on Thursday’s narrow 35-0 win over Russia no(...)

Australia’s Dane Haylett-Petty scores his side’s seventh try against Uruguay. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Australia 45 Uruguay 10 Twice champions Australia overcame a sloppy start to crush Uruguay 45-10 on Saturday, forging towards the World Cup quarter-f(...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika during a training session in Urayasu. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Cheika launched a stinging attack on World Rugby following the three-match ban received by the Australia wing Reece Hodge for a tackle his hea(...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Israel Folau starts for Australia against Ireland. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Michael Cheika has welcomed back some of his big guns for Australia’s clash against Ireland on Saturday. The Wallabies won a pulsating encounter agai(...)

Greig Laidlaw, captain of Scotland takes part in the Captain’s Run at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland will need no extra motivation for their meeting with Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon but the circumstances of that World Cup q(...)

Owen Farrell prepares to touch the ball down for England’s second try  during the second Test against Australia  at AAMI Park  in Melbourne. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia 7 England 23 England’s heroic defence propelled them to a maiden series success Down Under as they beat Australia 23-7 at AAMI Stadium in M(...)

Australian head coach Michael Cheika speaks to the media in Sydney after announcing his squad. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has cut his squad for next week’s first test against England at Lang Park, Brisbane. Cheika has cut six players (...)

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