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Rugby - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

A first professional defeat but James Ryan's remarkable rise continues

The 21-year-old had another impressive outing against the Wallabies last weekend.

The former binman and theology student who has cracked the Wallabies

Brandon Paenga-Amosa had a remarkable rise over the last year.

'We’ll see what the good old-fashioned Irish ticker's about, won’t we?'

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell wants to see what the players are made of in Melbourne.

Rugby - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Ireland one match from U20 World Cup relegation after being torn apart by 6-try Scots

Noel McNamara’s men will have to beat either Georgia or Japan to play in this tournament again next summer.

Sexton: 'It's like a different type of game when you're on the bench'

The out-half found himself in an unfamiliar position last week, but is set to take centre stage again in Melbourne.

A warning, but no further sanction for New Zealand pair after Grosso clash

The citing commissioner decided that Ofa Tu’ungafasi’s shoulder-leading tackle was “just short of” a red card.

No breaks in next year's Super Rugby season due to World Cup

Organisers have confirmed the schedule and format for next year’s competition.

'A player to be excited about': Leinster confirm signing of Wallaby Joe Tomane

The 28-year-old joins the province as a non-Irish qualified player following the retirement of Isa Nacewa.

Analysis: The CJ Stander non-try that could have changed the first Test

The Ireland number eight says he knew Rob Herring was in support but backed himself.

'They're pretty angry, grumbly, walking around like bears with sore heads'

Andy Farrell is looking for improvements from Ireland’s defence this weekend in Melbourne.

Once a viral hit, Tongan Thor now making an explosive impact for Wallabies

Brad Thorn has been a big influence on the Queensland Reds tighthead prop.

Sexton set to call the shots after Carbery gets crucial experience in Oz

The Munster-bound out-half did well in the biggest start of his career so far.

Rugby - Monday 11 June, 2018

Several changes from McNamara as Ireland U20s look to bounce back from Georgia defeat

Ireland take on Scotland in Perpignan tomorrow afternoon.

Analysis: Ireland take punishment from Israel Folau's freakish aerial game

Joe Schmidt’s side surprisingly targeted the Wallabies fullback with their first two restarts.

Earls must complete HIA protocols but team changes will strengthen Ireland

Joe Schmidt is set to bring back in the likes of Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose.

'Fatigue makes cowards of us all' - Kearney and Ireland look to bounce back

The Leinster man produced some uncharacteristic mistakes against the Wallabies.

Ireland under pressure in Melbourne but Schmidt feels they aren't far off

The Wallabies will be looking to wrap up a series success at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Rugby - Sunday 10 June, 2018

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

This is how the last seven days looked through the lens.

Analysis: 23 seconds that highlight how Ireland were beaten in Brisbane

Michael Cheika’s team were better at the breakdown and their playmakers shone.

Disappointment for Ireland 7s as they suffer quarter-final loss to Canada

A second-half try by Harry Jones sealed a hard-earned victory for the Canadians.

'We've just got to get better': Long-term goals will keep Ireland's plan in place despite defeat

The Kiwi cut a frustrated but not panicked figure after a rare loss yesterday.

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After controversial claims, France backtrack and accept Grosso fracture was result of an accident

The try-scoring wing was smashed in a tackle by All Blacks Sam Cane and Ofa Tu’ungafasi.

Arlene Foster's ticket for the Ulster final, Roma's grá for Damien Delaney, and more tweets of the week

Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.

Ex-Munster prop Mullen makes Test debut for USA in a rout against Russia

AJ MacGinty and John Quill were among the scorers in the nine-try win over Ireland’s World Cup pool opponent.

'We know it's going to get harder' - Cheika expects Ireland to improve

The Wallabies boss believes Ireland will be better with another week’s preparation under their belts.

Rugby - Saturday 9 June, 2018

First half effort sees Wales past Argentina

The hosts dominated possession and territory but Wales made their early scores count.

Murphy Crowe strikes twice to deliver Challenge Trophy for Ireland at Paris 7s

Ireland remained calm under pressure to finish on a high note at the World Series event.

'It's not just thrown out the window': Ireland sticking with plan despite defeat

The flanker said Ireland have reasons to believe they can level the series next weekend.

Outstanding Hooper 'stoked' as Wallabies wreak havoc at the breakdown

The Australia captain played a key role in disrupting Irish ball alongside David Pocock.

Rassie's South Africa storm back from 24-3 down to extend English losing streak

It was a 10-try thriller in Ellis Park.

Mark Roche double gives Ireland men landmark win over Australia in Paris 7s

Australia went into this weekend as the fourth-ranked team in the World Series, but were 10-points off the in-form invitational side.

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'I went up to Carbery after the game and said, 'I love your work''

The Ireland out-half got valuable experience for 57 minutes against the Wallabies.

Schmidt points to 'skinny' margins after Ireland's defeat to Wallabies

The Ireland head coach felt his side created chances but couldn’t find the finishing touch.

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The Rugby Show: Reaction from Brisbane after Ireland buckle against Australia

Murray Kinsella joined us from Brisbane to look back at Ireland’s defeat to Australia this morning.

France fume as high hit by All Blacks pair goes unpunished and puts Grosso in hospital

Jacques Brunel isn’t happy, and rightly so.

Ireland's attack lacks creative edge to leave Schmidt's side chasing Wallabies

The tourists couldn’t create enough clear try-scoring chances in Brisbane.

Ireland's winning streak over as Cheika's Wallabies power to Brisbane victory

Joe Schmidt’s team were second best and find themselves 1-0 down in the series.

Second-half surge sees Japan beat Italy

An excellent second half helped Japan beat Italy in Oita, the Brave Blossoms taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, first Test

We followed all the action from Brisbane as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland faced the Wallabies in their summer series opener.