Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

State Of Play Australia won 18-9 in Brisbane, Ireland responded with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne a week later and so the first ever three match seri(...)

Andrew Conway scores Ireland’s first try during the second Testa at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia 21 Ireland 26 Ah yes, this was more like the second best team in the world all right. Sometimes, as Andy Farrell ventured, it’s not rocket(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan has lost his first game for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Man of match: Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau push David Pocock for the reward. The Wallaby flanker of Zimbabwe birth scored the killer try while his w(...)

 The Ireland team celebrates winning the Grand Slam. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

They didn’t really need the floodlights on in Twickenham after the game, the smile on Johnny Sexton’s face alone was lighting the place up. It seems s(...)

 Eddie Jones: “When you lose a game of rugby it’s not your ability to play rugby, it’s not your fitness, it’s your ability to mentally come back from the game and that’s being tested at the moment.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Eddie Jones, now more than ever, needs a victory. The England coach has travelled this path before, he has brought the ire of many down upon himself, (...)

South African official Marius van der Westhuizen has been replaced as an assistant referee for Saturday’s Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph:    Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

An error by World Rugby has prompted the governing body to replace Marius van der Westhuizen with Nigel Owens as touch judge/assistant referee for Sat(...)

 England head  coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media during a press conference at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Thursday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Right off the top of his press conference at Pennyhill Park, England head coach Eddie Jones tried to put his remarks about Ireland and Wales to bed. F(...)

Joe Schmidt: “I know it’s probably at the stage of being boring, which we don’t want to be described as, but the bubble we have here allows us to focus on the task in hand.”

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has effectively played down the “scummy Irish” comment made by England Eddie Jones, a remark for which the Australian subseq(...)

Ireland fullback  Tiernan O’Halloran scores the first of his two tries in the game against Canada at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland 52 Canada 21 All in all it cannot be a bad state of affairs when a team changes its entire starting line-up, which had less than 200 full cap(...)