Paul O’Connell leads the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the game against Australia on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has claimed “there’s been nothing done on my behalf” in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to France after next year’s World C(...)

 Australia’s Michael Hooper  in action against France  at The Stade De France  Paris, France. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

‘One thing I picked up is that Australian players like to take ownership quickly,” former Irish technical advisor and forwards coach John Mitchell wr(...)

Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper will be used as “nice little attacking weapon towards the end of the game”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Cheika enjoyed his five years living in Dublin; he didn’t enjoy the first five minutes of yesterday’s press conference in Killiney Cas(...)

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika the hobo, the Pat Garrett of rugby union is back in town. As he was for Leinster by 2009 he became for the Waratahs this season; a coa(...)

Eyes on the Ball: Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton in the recent match against South Africa: Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton offers an umbilical link between the coaching regimes of Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt at Leinster. His anecdotes in chronicling the(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt at  Carton House, yesterday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There is, perhaps above all, the desire from within the squad to back up the win over South Africa and thus ensure an autumnal clean sweep for the fi(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: “We’re all very proud of Richie,” says coach Steve Hansen. “He’s a straight up-and-downbloke who’s probably our greatest rugby player ever.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

It is 10 years since Steve Hansen finished his stint as Wales’s head coach and he is used to invitations to play mind games ahead of a return to the (...)

Kurtley Beale during an Australia training session at Stradbrook in Blackrock on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika has vowed not to play “social worker” to controversy-plagued Australia utility back Kurtley Beale. The Wallabies boss pledged Beale wil(...)

Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy during a training session at Carton House Hotel, Kildare, Ireland this morning. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Pa

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made two changes to the team that beat South Africa in the opening November test match for Saturday’s final game against(...)

Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)

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