James O’Connor in action for Australia against Wales during the Pool D clash at the  Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The Australians are having fun. Alan Alaalatoa, the team’s 20-stone prop, thought for a second when asked if he could take David Pocock in an arm wr(...)

Joe Schmidt: Everyone you talk to about him calls him variations on the same thing – a rugby nerd, an obsessive, someone who lives the game to an extreme degree. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At an event ahead of the France game, Brian O’Driscoll settled in for a story. A question had been lobbed up from the crowd mostly in mischief, askin(...)

Ireland line up as New Zealand perform the Haka before Saturday's clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s not about the hit. It’s about the truth behind the hit. And it’s not about how the referee and TMO got it so badly wrong in the immediate afterm(...)