Michael Cheika

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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(...)

Johnny Sexton: “We didn’t hit the standards that we want to and the coaches demand, and let’s do that this week and see where it gets us.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is back in what had become very unfamiliar terrain of late. Last Saturday’s first Test not only marked his first time on the Irish bench(...)

Joey Carbery in action against Australia at the  Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery will most likely return to the bench as back-up to Johnny Sexton in Saturday’s second Test but the investment in him as the long-term und(...)

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(...)

 Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their men’s singles final at Roland Garros. Photograph: Christophe  Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

The Roland Garros men’s final and a squadron of jets with red, white and blue smoke trailing behind, rush low above the heads of the people in the Par(...)

Australia flanker  David Pocock  tackles Ireland hooker Rob Herring  during the first Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Always one to march to his own beat, David Pocock has been refreshed and rejuvenated by a year’s sabbatical from the game, spent mostly on a farm by a(...)

Reflecting ruefully on Ireland’s missed chances in their first defeat in 13 Test matches after the 18-9 defeat to the Wallabies in the first Test at S(...)

Tolu Latu celebrates after Australia win a crucial scrum penalty at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: PA

On 12 minutes Joey Carbery was dusting himself down after slowly picking his body off the pitch. He had earlier been lit up by a tackle from left wing(...)

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(...)

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