Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika: “We made ourselves the opportunity this year and we took it and that was really nice. It does not mean that we’re not going to try and do it again next year, I can guarantee you that.” Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Bernard Foley’s late penalty will go down in the record books as winning New South Waratahs their first Super Rugby title but for coach Michael Cheika(...)

Australia’s Nick Cummins  scores a try against France  at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jason O’Brien / Reuters

Australia 50 France 23Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries and a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first test(...)

Australia’s Joe Tomane scores a try against Wales    at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

Wales 26 Australia 30: Wales’ agony against Australia continued at the Millennium Stadium as they suffered a ninth successive defeat after being left (...)

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(...)

 All Blacks forward Sam Cane at yesterday’s press conference at the  Castleknock Hotel & Country Club,  Co Dublin.  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The All Black management have no concerns around team discipline or players holding curfews this week in Dublin.Following Australia’s suspension of si(...)

Les Kiss: “We definitely need to be aware that they’re a sleeping animal.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Les Kiss is invariably wheeled out for his typically considered thoughts in the week of a Test against his native Australians, but this week his insig(...)

 Rob Kearney at Carton House yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney came among us yesterday and played the usual role. Engaging, honest, professional. Shame we interviewed him less than a fortnight ago. Thi(...)

Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Italy 20 Australia 50Australia rebounded from their England defeat to record a 50-20 victory over Italy in their second autumn international at the St(...)

England’s Owen Farrell scores a try against Australia  at Twickenham in London. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 20 Australia 13England launched a year described by head coach Stuart Lancaster as “defining” with a spirited 20-13 victory over Australia at(...)

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