Adam Ashley-Cooper will start at outside centre against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Nick Cummins will return to the Australia team for Saturday’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.Both pl(...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

What can be said after that? A chance of history snatched from Ireland’s grasp at the death by the seemingly unstoppable All Blacks winning machine. (...)

Ireland’s Seán O’Brien tries to shrug off New Zealand’s  Luke Romano during the autumn international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien admitted his bitter disappointment after the heroic added-time defeat to New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.The All Blacks (...)

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score in the final minute of the autumn international against Ireland at the   Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 22 New Zealand 24: The sporting world is a cruel, cruel place. At the end even a chance for Paul O’Connell’s team to stand beside the 1973 10-(...)

Ulster welcome back Ireland international  Craig Gilroy from injury for tonight’s RaboDirect Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at Ravenhill. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are more than a few people who would have liked to have seen Craig Gilroy and Iain Henderson getting a run out against Samoa or Australia over t(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand scores a try during the IRB Junior World Championship final against England in 2011. Barrett is one of nine from that team on the senior All Blacks squad. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The Junior Rugby World Cup class of 2011 may not have much resonance for the current Ireland senior squad as they face into their toughest match of th(...)

Jamie Heaslip and his team-mates hope the problems shown against Australia are ‘fixable’. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip was talking to Devin Toner this week and Toner asked the Ireland number eight how many times he had played against the All Blacks. “Four(...)

All Blacks assistant coach  Ian Foster: “We’re ambitious. We want to play to a top level every week.”

New Zealand are expecting a bounce from Ireland as the teams face into their final match of the November series. Australia’s mauling of Ireland in Avi(...)

Brian O’Driscoll at  Carton House in  Kildare ahead of the clash with the all Blacks. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The prospects of Ireland being served up as a Sunday lunchtime roast for the delectation of the ravenous All Blacks in four days’ time won’t have rece(...)

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