Michael Hooper

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Many of the  attacking skills of great players such as New Zealand’s Jeff Wilson were learned through unsupervised play on the local green or on the school playground. Photograph:  David Rogers/Allsport

I have consciously stayed away from the dregs of social media during the pandemic. The world is depressing me at every glance. Reading tweets from th(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland in the Six Nations Championship in February. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor Murray has just been speaking on FaceTime for the best part of an hour from his attic, or his “lair” as he calls it. There’s a big screen at one(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont: ‘The measures announced today will provide support and short-term relief’. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The IRFU can apply for €9 million, in the form of cash advances and loans, from World Rugby’s Covid-19 relief fund of $100 million (€92 million). Ho(...)

Eddie Jones with England captain Owen Farrell ahead of the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview England delivered arguably the finest performance by any team in world rugby last year. Their 19-7 win over the All Blacks was a perfect dis(...)

In the wake of a magnificent English victory, Steve Hansen, Kieran Read (above) and their New Zealand team displayed astonishing dignity. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The gamble by World Rugby to move the RWC outside the traditional rugby countries has paid off, big time. The first RWC in Asia has been an outstandi(...)

Referee Romain Poite speaks to Australia’s flanker Michael Hooper and centre Samu Kerevi during the Rugby World Cup clash against Wales. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Michael Cheika prowled the field afterwards like a starving crocodile. Cajoled towards the television camera the former Leinster coach refused to bit(...)

Gareth Davies scores a crucial try for Wales on the stroke of half-time against the Wallabies. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Australia 25 Wales 29 Australia coach Michael Cheika declared himself “embarrassed as a rugby player” after his team were penalised when their centre(...)

 Michael Hooper  of Australia looks on after scoring a try against Fiji during the Rugby World Cup match clash  in Sapporo, Japan. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA

Morriston Rugby club sits in a small village in Swansea, Wales. Strangely, it is more famous for its choir than its rugby. In 1985, when I was pickin(...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika   with his players before their clash with  Fiji at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool D: Wales v Australia  Kick-off: 8.45am Irish time, Sunday. Venue: Tokyo stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times livebl(...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika during a training session in Urayasu. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Cheika launched a stinging attack on World Rugby following the three-match ban received by the Australia wing Reece Hodge for a tackle his hea(...)

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