Ben Alexander of Australia: scarred by third Test performance against British and Irish Lions. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Australia prop Ben Alexander is haunted by his feeble scrummaging display in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions.The Wallabies’ woeful (...)

 Left to right - Owen Farrell, Jamie Heaslip, Tom Youngs, Alex Cuthbert, Adam Jones (under jacket), Ben Youngs and Sam Warburton watch the final moments of the second Test from the bench. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

So, not entirely surprisingly, it’s come down to this. It’s been that kind of season, that kind of tour. Both sides now have an 80 minute shot at fore(...)

 George Smith in happy mood after learning of his Test recall. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A feature of the last six weeks in Australia is how Robbie Deans has been the sole voice of the Wallabies’ coaching staff. There hasn’t been a sign of(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll watches as teammate Leigh Halfpenny (right) fails in an attempt at a late penalty  against the Australia at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.  Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Brian O’Driscoll could scarcely contain his disappointment after the British and Irish Lions slipped to an agonising 16-15 defeat in the second test a(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)

Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remainder of the tour. Photograph: Inpho

It is a measure of his contribution to date, both on and off the pitch, that Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remaind(...)

Lions wing Alex Cuthbert breaks clear of Michael Hooper to score the Lions second try during the First Test match at Suncorp Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia openside Michael Hooper insists the British and Irish Lions will miss the presence of Paul O’Connell during the remainder of the tour.O’Con(...)

Paul O’Connell, far right, with, left to right, Mike Phillips, Adam Jones and O’Connell’s second Test replacement Geoff Parling on St Kilda’s Beach, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They may have been blessed to be the first Lions Test team with two former captains in their ranks but with the loss of one of them suddenly the touri(...)

Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies slips as he tries to kick what would have been a match-winning penalty against the Lions at  Suncorp Stadium  in Brisbane. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

Rules and laws change, travelling armies assume greater volume and colour, sky cams, ref cams, High Definition, social media et al have changed the wa(...)

Australia centre Christian Leali’ifano gives the thumbs up to the crowd as he is stretchered off the pitch following an injury sustained in the opening minute of the first Test  against the Lions in Brisbane. Photograph:   Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe will be available for the second Test against Australia in Melbourne after having surgery to fix a broken bo(...)

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