Michael Hooper

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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(...)

New Zealand’s   Sonny Bill Williams is shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces during the second Test against the Lions in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Just prior to the start of the World Cup there was a proposal put forward to World Rugby by a major union. It was both simple and breathtaking – that (...)

 Samu Kerevi scores Australia’s crucial fifth try in Sapporo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Australia 39 Fiji 21 Twice champions Australia survived an almighty scare in their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji on Saturday as they fought ba(...)

Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper  and David Pocock  take part in a training session at the Shiroyama stadium in Odawara. Photograph: by Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Pool D: Australia v Fiji, Sapporo Dome, Saturday, 5.45am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Australia captain Michael Hooper is relishing the oppo(...)

Scott Barrett of New Zealand is shown the red card during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium in Perth on August 10th. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

“Hopefully none.” Alain Rolland answers a question about what stick will be used to beat match officials in the coming weeks. In recent months Rollan(...)

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