NOW that’s what I call a test match. Such was the intensity, endeavour and commitment to keeping the ball alive that the opening half of Saturday’s memorable clash passed in a flash. There were so many moments of brilliance in that period alone, those in the stands barely had time to draw breath.More
An hour has passed since the last act and yet the beads of sweat still pop off Mike Ross’s temple like popcorn in a microwave.More
Ireland 26 Australia 23More
Dimestore wisdom says it’s better to be talked about than not, but the dwindling levels of chatter about Robbie Henshaw this last few weeks is testament to the seamless manner in which the youngster has slotted in to Joe Schmidt’s midfield.More
One coach ended up in hospital and the other was left with a serious World Cup headache: Ireland’s win against Australia told vastly different stories for two teams trying to prove themselves.More
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is recuperating from an emergency appendectomy that tempered the enjoyment of his side’s victory over Australia on Saturday.More
They stand shoulder to shoulder with the All Blacks this morning — win for win, try for try, point for point. Ireland’s golden autumn now promises more, much more than a successful defence of the Six Nations title in the New Year.More
The best 40 minutes rugby we have seen in years upon yearsMore
Paul O’Connell believes his Ireland side have plenty more to offer head coach Joe Schmidt as they turn into a World Cup year.More
Michael Cheika has challenged Australia to "harden up" against England at Twickenham on Saturday to dispel any notion the Wallabies are a soft touch.More
Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones believes New Zealand are "probably 20 minutes ahead of everybody else" after signing off in Europe before next year’s world title defence by serving emphatic notice that they remain a class apart.More
Joe Schmidt’s "ruthless" selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best.More
If Peter O’Mahony has to be in a rugby stadium it is fair to say he would much rather be on the pitch than looking at it.More
Nine months. Give or take a few days. That was more or less the time Kitch Christie had to fashion a team of world champions when he took over from Ian McIntosh as Springboks coach in October of 1994.More
Dragons 12 Munster 38
Duncan Casey scored two tries as Munster continued their impressive unbeaten away record with a bonus point win over Newport Gwent Dragons.
Added expectation? Paul O’Connell has been playing under the burden of it for years and the Ireland captain sees no reason why his side cannot deal with it when they play Australia in Dublin this afternoon.More
Ireland v Australia
So far so good for Joe Schmidt and his blossoming Ireland team.
Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney make their first starts of the season in Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 clash away to Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo tomorrow (2.30pm).More
Connacht 43 Zebre 3
Not the most auspicious occasion on a wet Galway evening for an All Black centurion to make his debut, but Mils Muliaina made his presence felt in Connacht’s 43-3 victory over Zebre last evening.
Ulster 25 Ospreys 16
Ireland centre Darren Cave’s second try two minutes from the end saw Ulster home at the Kingspan Stadium against a previously unbeaten Ospreys side that fought back from trailing 18-3 at the break.
Wales v New Zealand
Richie McCaw says he will put team performance before personal milestones when he captains New Zealand for the 100th time in Tests today.
Ireland play Australia today in rugby. And Compromise Rules. You knew that, of course.More