Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton scored 16 points as Ireland edged Australia 26-23 in a thrilling and pulsating test match at Lansdowne Road on Saturday to give the Six Nations champions a seventh successive victory.
New Zealand-born fly-half Kelly Haimona took another step towards cementing his place in Italy`s starting XV with another strong performance as the Azzurri suffered a slim 20-18 defeat to Argentina on Friday.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) on Thursday announced an investigation into reports referee Nigel Owens was subjected to homophobic abuse by supporters during England`s game with New Zealand last weekend.
Wallaby scrum-half Nick Phipps has insisted the Australia rugby union squad are not a bunch of sexists following the fall-out caused by Kurtley Beale`s offensive text message to a female team official.
Mercurial fly-half Quade Cooper was among the reserves named Tuesday for the embattled Wallabies with Adam Ashley-Cooper chosen for his 100th Test against the All Blacks in this weekend`s Bledisloe Cup clash.