Nick Phipps

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 Ireland players celebrating after  CJ Stander  scores a try against Australia.   Photograph: Craig Golding/Reuters

Australia 16 Ireland 20 There was a time was when Ireland would put up the good fight but generally have their tummies tickled and yet fill the groun(...)

Israel Folau takes out Peter O’Mahony in Sydney, earning himself a yellow card. Photograph: Stuart Walmsley/Photosport/Inpho

Australia 16 Ireland 20 So, Irish rugby’s greatest season ever ends in the grandest of manners. A come-from-behind series win in Australia, the first(...)

Niall Scannell during the captain’s run at Allianz Stadium, Sydney ahead of the third Test. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sean Cronin has been cruelly denied the chance to start the third Test series decider against Australia after being ruled out of the game with a grade(...)

Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

State Of Play Australia won 18-9 in Brisbane, Ireland responded with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne a week later and so the first ever three match seri(...)

Ireland have named Jack Conan at number eight and Peter O’Mahony at openside flanker. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has made five changes in personnel and also four positional switches to the Irish team for Saturday’s series decider against the Wallabies(...)

 Ireland’s Keith Earls wins a high ball ahead of Israel Folau  in Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia are considering lodging a complaint with match officials against what they consider Ireland’s illegal blocking tactics on fullback Israel F(...)

Will Genia of the Wallabies leaves the field injured during the International test match against Ireland at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Australia have called up scrum-half Jake Gordon as injury cover for Will Genia for the third Test against Ireland. Genia was forced off with a broken(...)

Andrew Conway scores Ireland’s first try during the second Testa at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia 21 Ireland 26 Ah yes, this was more like the second best team in the world all right. Sometimes, as Andy Farrell ventured, it’s not rocket(...)

Tadhg Furlong scores Ireland’s second try as he stretches for the line during the second Test at the   AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s not quite the Thrilla in Manilla. For starters, there’s nothing like the bad blood between Australia and Ireland which existed between Ali and Fr(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls challenges for the ball with Australia’s Israel Folau and Marika Koroibete during the second Test at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A first Irish win over the Wallabies in Australia for 39 years can be considered a notable landmark victory in its own right. But although Joe Schmidt(...)

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