Michael Cheika

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The Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Nick Mulvenney/Reuters

Rugby Australia is willing to bet the farm on the Wallabies winning the World Cup in Japan. The 31-man World Cup squad announced on Friday includes t(...)

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

Australia’s confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to co(...)

Australia outhalf Christian Lealiifano, supported by Kurtley Beale,  runs the ball during the  Rugby Championship match against New Zealand at Optus Stadium  in Perth. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

At is zenith, rugby is a game requiring supreme strategy. The top eight teams in the world are so closely matched that only those who can execute a t(...)

Australia players celebrate during the Bledisloe Cup game against New Zealand in Perth. Photograph:   James Worsfold/Getty Images

Ireland could jump to the top of the world rankings for the first time without breaking sweat this weekend if a combination of results go their way in(...)

James O’Connor retains the number 13 jersey for the Wallabies against the All Blacks. Photograph: James Worsfold/Getty

Australia coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the team that produced a record victory over the All Blacks last weekend and made only one injury-e(...)

Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

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(...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

Plenty will be resting on the shoulders of captain Michael Hooper in Japan. Photograph: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo/Getty

Australia Who are they? These are trying times for the Wallabies, who have won just four of their last 14 Test matches since 2018, a year which star(...)

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