Luke Carty with his former Connacht team mate Paul Boyle after the summer test between USA and Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In the 72nd minute of the Major League Rugby final back in August, Luke Carty stepped up from the bench, took to the field and played his part in clai(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray at the World Cup welcome ceremony in  Chiba. It is time for the iconic Irish players to deliver. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The veteran Wallaby centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is attending his fourth RWC. When he spoke to the media this week he displayed all his wisdom in succinc(...)

The Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Nick Mulvenney/Reuters

Rugby Australia is willing to bet the farm on the Wallabies winning the World Cup in Japan. The 31-man World Cup squad announced on Friday includes t(...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Jonny May scores England’s  first try during the autumn international against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

England 37 Australia 18 England swept aside Australia to claim a sixth successive victory over the Wallabies and complete a successful autumn series (...)

Kurtley Beale looks on during the Australia captain’s run at Twickenham on Friday. Michael Cheika has left Beale and  Adam Ashley-Cooper off the selection list  for Saturday’s final November international against England for disciplinary reasons. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia have been plunged into chaos on the eve of Saturday’s encounter with England after it emerged Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper were not (...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki will lead the Barbarians against England at Twickenham. Head coach Pat Lam has handed the captaincy to the Connacht centre who “e(...)

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