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Micheal Cheika has backed Curtis Rona by naming him to start against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has named rugby league convert Curtis Rona on the wing and handed Kurtley Beale his first start at inside centre in his(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Joey Carbery celebrates with Fergus McFadden after his try in Leinster’s Champions Cup win over Wasps. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 Leinster 32 Wasps 17 Two contrasting images. One instantly forgettable, one will last forever. After the game Johnny Sexton let his son, Luca,(...)

Wasps’ Willie Le Roux scores a try but has it disallowed by referee Nigel Owens during their Champions Cup clash with Leinster. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wasps coach Dai Young refused to blame Willie Le Roux for this Champions Cup quarter-final exit despite the South African fullback losing possession i(...)

Two of Wasps’ three playmakers, former Leinster man Jimmy Gopperth and Australian Kurtley Beale. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Muscle has a memory and way back in October I was in the Sportsground for the Toulouse Connacht match and wondered were Toulouse the heavyweights of E(...)

 Jimmy Gopperth: “We just have to be mentally on because it is going to be a knockout game of international standard.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A New Zealander lured north to replace Jonny Wilkinson and later Johnny Sexton deserves more respect than the moniker of mere mercenary. Safely ensc(...)

Munster's CJ Stander is a long way ahead of anyone else in the Champions Cup in terms of carries made. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The focal point of this week’s column is the attacking philosophies and patterns of the respective teams in the Champions Cup quarter-finals this week(...)

Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy supported by Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell during the 2011 Rugby World Cup match against USA. Photo: Bill Stickland/Inpho

“On our team we put a huge premium on body language and if your body language is bad you will never get in the game. Ever. I don’t care how good you a(...)

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “Wasps are a true champion European team . . . similar to Leinster.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster is trying hard not to give an impression he is downloading all of the private misgivings, the nervous histories or the mental weaknes(...)

Naulia Dawai scores Connacht’s  late try in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Tracy/Inpho

Connacht 20 Wasps 18 On the back foot for much of the second half, during which they’d seen a 13-7 interval lead erased as Wasps flexed their pecs to(...)

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