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James Ryan says the Irish squad have been enjoying their time in Australia so far. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Far from the madding crowds in their luxurious base at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast the Irish squad have been enjoying plenty of down time(...)

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika during his squad announcement at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has included five uncapped players in his 32-man squad for the Ireland series but loose forward Pete Samu remains in li(...)

 David Pocock:  is especially good at riding the waves of opposition clear-outs due to his exceptional reading of the evolving tackle and breakdown.   Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Australia have the same backline and make two changes to their pack from the team that beat Scotland; ignore the French selection. There’s no sign o(...)

Australia head coach Michael Cheika: “[Ireland game] is going to be the toughest we’ve had on the tour.” Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

As is often the case for Australia, come the end of a World Cup cycle they have to start almost from scratch again. But after a horrendous start to an(...)

Greig Laidlaw, captain of Scotland takes part in the Captain’s Run at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland will need no extra motivation for their meeting with Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon but the circumstances of that World Cup q(...)

All Blacks scrumhalf TJ Perenara dives to score during his side’s Rugby Championshsip win over Argentina. Photograph: Afp

Argentina 17 New Zealand 36 New Zealand extended their winning run to 16 matches with victory over Argentina in Saturday’s Rugby Championship match i(...)

Australian head coach Michael Cheika speaks to the media in Sydney after announcing his squad. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has cut his squad for next week’s first test against England at Lang Park, Brisbane. Cheika has cut six players (...)

Sonny Bill Williams offloads to Ma’a Nonu, who shredded the Australia defence to score New Zealand’s second try of the final. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 So sometimes sport leaves no room for argument and does do perfect finales after all. The best team of the last fou(...)

  New Zealand duo Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw chat during the Rugby World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

In the end it was all about McCaw and Carter. Never again will we see their likes. Certainly not at the same time. Before Carter grabbed hold of this (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika and assistant coach Mario Ledesma hold notes during a captain’s run training session at Twickenham on the eve of the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images

Australian tactics on how to get the better of New Zealand in tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final have been accidentally revealed by Micahel Cheika at hi(...)

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