South African captain Jean de Villiers is tackled by the Welsh duo of  Dan Biggar  and Rhys Webb  during the  match  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jean de Villiers will be out of action for at least eight months, casting a huge doubt over the South Africa captain’s availability for the World Cup (...)

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny is tackled by South Africa’s Cornal Hendricks during the  match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:   David Davies/PA

Wales 12 South Africa 6 Wales finally cracked the code of success against major southern hemisphere opposition as fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s relentles(...)

Ben Morgan of England barges towards the Australia line to score a try during the match at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

England 26 Australia 17England held their nerve in the face of a second-half fightback by Australia to end a frustrating autumn with a vital 26-17 vic(...)

Chris Henry at training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss has reinforced the prognosis that Ulster flanker Chris Henry will eventually play rugby again – following his recen(...)

Five Ireland players – Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock and Jack McGrath – broke the 24-tackle count over two games during Autumn Internationals. The choke still works. Photograph: Inpho

Michael Cheika may not have been as magnanimous as Heyneke Meyer in defeat to Ireland but both the Australia and South Africa head coaches were of (...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip, Ian Madigan, Peter O’Mahony and Robbie Henshaw celebrate on the final whistle after defeating Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s scalping of two of the Southern Hemisphere’s big three not only stood out as the first time they achieved the feat since also beating Sou(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt actually said: “I’m just an interested observer who puts a few subs on.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Malachy ClerkinI had my appendix out once. Says you, it would be hard to have it out twice. Thing is, I never had appendicitis. I never even had a sor(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika with his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Bad loser that he is, which in part makes him the winner he is, Michael Cheika could scarcely conceal his acute disappointment. But while Australia ma(...)

Paul O’Connell takes on Australia’s Luke Jones as Mike Hooper closes in at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually, with nine minutes to go, Michael Cheika unleashed Godzilla on Dublin. Will Skelton’s 24-stone frame immediately bounced Dave Foley into t(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe runs the length of the Aviva Stadium for an intercept try against Australia in Saturday’s international. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ultimately, it was a rollercoaster akin to that of the final Saturday of November last year. Perhaps not quite on the same epic scale, but not far fr(...)

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