Michael Cheika

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Wallabies player Israel Folau leaves Rugby NSW after a Code of Conduct hearing in Sydney. Photograph: EPA

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau rejected a A$1 million (€892,000) offer from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract ahead of this weekend’s co(...)

Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou in action aganist Ireland in June 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The trial of Israel Folau is threatening to drive a wedge through the Australia rugby squad in a Rugby World Cup year, with prop Taniela Tupou saying (...)

 Billy Vunipola of Saracens  during the English Premiership  match against  Bristol  at Ashton Gate. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Billy Vunipola has been warned about his future conduct by Saracens after his online support for the Australia fullback Israel Folau, who has been ser(...)

Israel Folau is set to be sacked by Rugby Australia. Photograph: Jan Touzeau/EPA

Israel Folau had a meeting with Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union to discuss his social media posts on Friday but the governing bodi(...)

 Australia’s Israel Folau is set to have his contract terminated. Photograph:

Rugby Australia said on Thursday it would terminate the contract of Israel Folau, the country’s best-known and best-paid player, if he cannot offer a (...)

Israel Folau faces a showdown with Australian rugby chiefs after posting anti-gay views on social media. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Israel Folau faces a showdown with Australian rugby chiefs after posting anti-gay views on social media. In a statement, Rugby Australia described co(...)

Dave Rennie has signed a contract extension with the Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Glasgow coach Dave Rennie has put an end to rumours linking him with the Australia job by committing himself to another year with the Warriors. The f(...)

Australia coach  Michael Cheika   in 2009 when he was head coach of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Cheika remains a well-liked figure hereabouts and the feeling works both ways. He still makes fairly regular sorties back to Ireland and an up(...)

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