Tommy Bowe, Ian Madigan, Jamie Heaslip, Peter O’Mahony and Robbie Henshaw celebrate Ireland’s 26-23 defeat of Australia in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As usual, you’d rarely guess from their post-match countenance that Joe Schmidt and Paul O’Connell had just completed a stellar year as Irish coach an(...)

Rhys Ruddock is held up during the Ireland vs Australia game in the Aviva Stadium: “It was mentally the most challenging game I’ve been involved in.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

After November what do the rest of the world know about Ireland? “They got a very clear style of rugby and they are doing it well,” said Michael Chei(...)

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)

Johnathan Sexton had to leave the field late on during the 26-23 win over Australia at the aviva with suspected concusison

After yesterday’s brutal, physical encounter against Australia at the Aviva Ireland have managed to come out relatively unscathed in terms of injuries(...)

 Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to find a way around Ireland’s Ian Madigan at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

They’re a fiercely competitive bunch, the Aussies, and as much as they love winning they hate losing even more. How then are they coping after (...)

 Australia’s Matt Toomua and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland collide at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s “ruthless” selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best. Hooker Be(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt watches the game against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is “recovering well” after having his appendix removed last night.The Kiwi, who attended the 26-23 win over Australia despit(...)

  Stuart Hogg of Scotland scores a try against Tonga during the autumn test international match at Rugby Park   in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland 32 Tonga 12Scotland rounded of 2014 with another hugely encouraging display as they swept five tries past Tonga in a 37-12 win at Kilmarnock’(...)

Argentina surprised Les Bleus, who headed into tonight’s game having beaten Australia last weekend, winning 18-13 at the Stade de France

France 13 Argentina 18Argentina confirmed they are a bete noir for France when they play in Paris by kicking four drop goals, including three by flyha(...)

Mike Brown scored England’s second try as they limped to a 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham

George Ford brought England’s autumn to life with an impressive full debut as Samoa were swept aside 28-9 at Twickenham to end the 2015 World Cup host(...)

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