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Ireland pass Wallabies in world rankings

In-form Ireland have overtaken Australia in the IRB rankings for the first time in eight years but aren’t viewing the Wallabies as vulnerable in this weekend’s Test at Lansdowne Road. The Six Nations champions on Monday climbed to third...

Beale could play against Ireland

Kurtley Beale could be thrust back into Test action off the bench against Ireland if the controversial utility proves himself in his first week back with the Wallabies. Beale has been reunited with his Australian teammates for the first time since...

Cheika doesn’t fear Dublin Six repeat

The Wallabies have returned to the scene of the crime that may have kick-started the demise of former coach Ewen McKenzie. But his successor Michael Cheika is adamant a strong culture of respect and trust within the current playing group will ensure...

Irish warm up for Aust with Georgia win

Fullback Felix Jones scored two of Ireland’s seven tries as the Six Nations champions got over a poor first-half to coast to a 49-7 victory over Georgia at Lansdowne Road on Sunday for their sixth successive win. Five-eighth Ian Madigan...

Injured Vito out of All Blacks’ tour

Luckless flanker Victor Vito is heading home from the All Blacks’ tour after pulling a calf muscle in the scratchy win over Scotland. Lock Dominic Bird, drafted in to the side after Brodie Retallick picked up a shoulder injury against England,...

Refs miss shocking stomp in rugby game

Joe Schmidt has exonerated referee JP Doyle from any blame over Georgia flanker Viktor Kolelisvhili’s unpunished stomp on Ireland debutant Dominic Ryan’s face. Kolelisvhili is expected to receive a citing for the incident from...

Beale finally reunites with Wallabies

Kurtley Beale has reunited with his Wallabies teammates for the first time since the text message scandal that threatened to end his rugby career. The controversial Waratahs utility linked up with the Australian squad in Dublin on Sunday afternoon...

NZ’s Carter in the dark over Welsh Test

Dan Carter isn’t sure if his rusty outing against Scotland will be enough to earn an All Blacks Test spot against Wales. Even if he does, he believes any return to the peak of his powers won’t happen until next year. Coach Steve Hansen...

Beale to return with clean slate

Vice-captain James Slipper says Kurtley Beale will be embraced back into the Wallabies with a clean slate when he joins the European tour in Dublin on Sunday (Monday AEDT). And Slipper believes a tough week of training in the wake of the loss to...

Cheika voices replay concerns

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has added weight to concerns about the selective nature and influence of big-screen replays in Test rugby. While Cheika had no excuses for Australia’s 29-26 loss to France in Paris, he was left frustrated by an...

England rugby coach calls for cool heads

England coach Stuart Lancaster insists there will be no panic after a 31-28 loss to South Africa at Twickenham made it five straight defeats for the 2015 World Cup hosts less than a year out from the showpiece tournament. Three losses to the All...

Springboks’ World Cup-style win: Meyer

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says his side played “World Cup-winning rugby” in beating 2015 tournament hosts England 31-28 at Twickenham on Saturday. The Springboks bounced backed from their tour-opening 29-15 loss to Ireland in...