Michael Cheika

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 Australia last claimed the Web Ellis trophy in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. File photograph: Dave Rogers/Getty Images

Australia winning the right to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup would be an important step in the rejuvenation of the sport in the country after a few l(...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend with Gavin Thornbury at the Sportsground, Galway. The   attitude of not to “die wondering” has firmly penetrated his squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

At some point in the future when the Irish coaching job comes up, I believe the IRFU would be amiss if they didn’t take a drive to Galway and have a c(...)

Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle host Leinster in the Champions Cup and are well placed to reach the play-offs in the Top 14. File photograph: Getty Images

As expected, Ronan O’Gara is to assume the director of rugby role at La Rochelle at the end of the season on foot of Jono Gibbes moving on to Clermont(...)

Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 1(...)

Devin Toner remains an important part of the Leinster squad. File photograph: Inpho

The milestone is within reach. One more appearance will see Devin Toner pull alongside Gordon D’Arcy (261) as the most capped rugby player in Leinster(...)

The Ireland 10 Ross Byrne needs to have one eye on “the plan” and the other on what his gut tells him. Keep the forwards on the front foot and build pressure on the scoreboard. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell said he learned a lot about the players who played at Twickenham for the first time. Some of them became men, he said. Great to hear – a(...)

Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

 Johnny Sexton on his way off the pitch after being replaced in Ireland’s defeat to France. Photograph: Inpho

At least for the hours and days following, it was conveyed to a rugby world that cares as an unholy transgression, a disagreeable wickedness, an unrig(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

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