Michael Cheika

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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(...)

Ireland have named Jack Conan at number eight and Peter O’Mahony at openside flanker. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has made five changes in personnel and also four positional switches to the Irish team for Saturday’s series decider against the Wallabies(...)

Ireland’s Rob Herring, Jordi Murphy and Rob Kearney celebrate as referee Paul Williams signals a knock on against Australia during the second Test at the AAMI Park in Melbourne. Phogograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland have never been in this position before. Not during or before my time. As Grand Slam champions in 2009, the Lions took most of us to South Af(...)

Tadhg Furlong scores Ireland’s second try as he stretches for the line during the second Test at the   AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s not quite the Thrilla in Manilla. For starters, there’s nothing like the bad blood between Australia and Ireland which existed between Ali and Fr(...)

 Will Genia suffered a broken arm in Melbourne. Photograph:  Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Influential Australian scrumhalf Will Genia has suffered a broken arm and his coach, Michael Cheika, has intimated that the injury which the player su(...)

Tadgh Furlong scores Ireland’s crucial second half try against the Wallabies. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty

Australia 21 Ireland 26 The machine was back in working order, and so slick and well-oiled did it look that there could be no disputing the merit of (...)

Peter O’Mahony talks to his Irish teammates during Friday’s captain’s run at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amongst the many emotional elements a beaten team brings a week after a defeat is an anger to rectify what went wrong a week beforehand. Although Pete(...)

Johnny Sexton: “He throws himself into the front line, and he is 93kg and he makes sure that if people are coming down his channel, they know he is there,” says Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia v Ireland,  AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday, 8.05pm local time/11.05am Irish time (Live on Sky Sports) No two rugby games are ever the(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika speaks to his players during a training session, ahead of their second Test match against Ireland. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has reacted irately to comments by former Irish lock Neil Francis in which he described David Pocock as a cancer on the(...)

Dan Leavy will be tasked with taking on a formidable Australian back row. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With a view to neutralising David Pocock’s impact over Irish ball, Dan Leavy returns at openside for the second test against Australia in Melbourne th(...)

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