SOMEDAY... Ireland's Simon Zebo and Gordon D'Arcy on their way to a training session at Carton House. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

Schmidt: Embrace great expectations

Ireland v Australia
Joe Schmidt will send his Ireland team into their showdown with Australia tomorrow urging them to embrace the high expectation they have generated among their supporters after a year of success.

Chris Henry: Recuperating at home as he awaits test results.

Recovering Henry won’t rush return from ‘mini-stroke’, says pal Best

Ireland flanker Chris Henry will not take chances with his health to rush back to rugby following his suspected mini stroke, says friend and team-mate Rory Best.

JJ Hanrahan

Hanrahan full-back against the Dragons

Dragons v Munster
JJ Hanrahan pictured has been chosen at full-back for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tonight.

Australia's Henry Speight with coach Michael Cheika. Picture: Matt Browne

‘We’re not going to win anything with schoolkids’

Michael Cheika thought twice before allowing his Wallabies wander down Killiney Hill and into Dalkey village on Tuesday evening.

Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Sexton’s seen it all with Cheika

From a confidence boost as a Leinster U20 to being targeted as the British and Irish Lions playmaker, Johnny Sexton has experienced the full range of Michael Cheika compliments and a fair few run-ins with the Australia coach besides.

Philippe Saint-Andre: Rules there everyone should respect

Thomas pays huge penalty for being late

Rising star Teddy Thomas has been dropped for tomorrow’s Test against Argentina by France manager Philippe Saint-Andre for missing a training session by arriving two hours late.

Michael Cheika. Picture: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cheika backs Oz selection policy

Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika, above, said he will not try to interfere with Australia’s long-standing policy of refusing to select overseas-based stars.

Connacht's Eoin McKeon and Mata Fifita tackle Mils Muliaina during training at the Sportsground this week. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht boss Lam ready to unleash All Black star Muliaina

Connacht’s first All Black, Mils Muliaina, makes his debut for the province tonight when Connacht host Zebre at the Galway Sportsground (7.35pm).

Darren Cave: Free to play for Ulster against Ospreys.

Ulster boosted as Irish international trio return

Internationals Stuart Olding, Craig Gilroy and Darren Cave have been released by Ireland and will boost Ulster’s hopes of dethroning Pro12 table-toppers Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium this evening.


Lynagh: Ireland can win the World Cup

Former Australia captain Michael Lynagh believes Ireland are potential dark horses for next year’s World Cup.


Sheridan eager to seize Munster opportunity

At a time when Conor Murray is establishing himself as one of the world’s leading scrum-halves, it must be a little frustrating for the likes of Duncan Williams and Cathal Sheridan, his understudies at Munster, to see exactly what the future might hold.


Faletau is ready for big clash with Read

Taulupe Faletau admits "there are no obvious weaknesses" presented by his prospective opposite number ahead of Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash between Wales and New Zealand.


Lancaster defends Farrell selection as England look to end losing streak

England head coach Stuart Lancaster defended his selection of Owen Farrell after the out-of-form half-back was moved to inside-centre for the QBE International against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.


Dickinson: Tests should be played on grass

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson does not believe the grass will be greener for international rugby if more Tests are played on artificial surfaces.


Joy for Williams as wife gives birth to another baby Black

Sonny Bill Williams missed All Blacks training to witness, from afar, the proudest moment of his life.


Toner: Cheika will bring tough love to Aussies

When Devin Toner locks horns with the Australia pack on Saturday, he will have a very good idea of what their new head coach has been telling them during the build-up to the Wallabies’ clash with Ireland.

Robbie Henshaw

Henshaw shielded from No 13 pressure

The path has cleared for Robbie Henshaw to don the Ireland 13 jersey many believe he was born to wear, but the Ireland management want the pressure to stay off the Connacht youngster as long as possible.

Paddy Butler

Munster star Butler looks to build on growing reputation

Paddy Butler’s feet remain firmly planted on the ground despite the praise which followed his dramatic last-minute try which snatched a Guinness Pro12 win against Cardiff last month.

Conor Murray

‘We’re not falling in love with ourselves’

Autumn International
Ireland v Australia
Saturday: Aviva Stadium, 4.30pm

Michael Cheika

Genia and Simmons impressed by range of Cheika’s skills

Australia duo Will Genia and Rob Simmons have revealed the soft and stern sides of former Leinster coach Michael Cheika.


Government support key to World Cup bid, says Beaumont

Lions legend Bill Beaumont said that full Government support and strong partnerships with the GAA and other sporting bodies will be the key to a successful IRFU bid to stage the Rugby World Cup in 2023.