Michael Hooper

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The Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Nick Mulvenney/Reuters

Rugby Australia is willing to bet the farm on the Wallabies winning the World Cup in Japan. The 31-man World Cup squad announced on Friday includes t(...)

James O’Connor retains the number 13 jersey for the Wallabies against the All Blacks. Photograph: James Worsfold/Getty

Australia coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the team that produced a record victory over the All Blacks last weekend and made only one injury-e(...)

Reece Hodge of Australia celebrates his try during the 2019 Rugby Championship test match between Australia and  New Zealand last Saturday. Photograph:  James Worsfold/Getty Images

Uneasy lies the crown. The feeling that this year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the most openly competitive in yonks, perhaps ever, was strengthened by t(...)

 Scott Barrett of New Zealand is shown a red card in Perth. Photograph: Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The All Blacks have rarely been at their best in the southern hemisphere championship in World Cup years and coach Steve Hansen is not about to push t(...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

Plenty will be resting on the shoulders of captain Michael Hooper in Japan. Photograph: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo/Getty

Australia Who are they? The Rugby Championship has sparked some renewed hope into the Wallabies, who prior to the tournamwnt were on a run of just f(...)

Argentina’s Ramiro Moyano  beats a diving tackle by Australia’s Isi Naisarani  during the Rugby Championship match  at Lang Park  in Brisbane on. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

Australia 16 Argentina 10 Australia held off a late fightback from Argentina to secure a much-needed victory in a scrappy Rugby Championship contest (...)

Christian Lealiifano will start for the Wallabies against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

James O’Connor is poised to play his first test in six years after being named on the Australia bench in a revamped squad for the Rugby Championship c(...)

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 (...)

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