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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. That's a wrap

    FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

    And, on that note, it's time to bring our coverage of today's rugby union action to a close.

    After all the waiting, it's starting to feel like the World Cup really is just around the corner.

    Thanks for joining us, we'll see you soon.

  2. Ireland on the up

    FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

    Ireland lift the Six Nations trophy

    Victory against Wales today not only will have boosted confidence - it also moved Ireland above South Africa and up to second in the world rankings, their highest-ever position.

    It certainly has been a fine 12 months or so for the Irish, having recorded wins over the Springboks and Australia during last year's autumn internationals and then gone on to secure the Six Nations on that epic final day in March.

  3. Post update

    FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

    Wales captain Scott Williams tells BBC One Wales: "Ireland had a lot of experience and that showed in the end.

    "I was happy with the way we finished the game. Our training has had a big focus on conditioning. It is the first time we have played together as a team and it was a big occasion.

    "With some lads winning their first caps it was a little bit disappointing we didn't celebrate with a win."

  4. Post update

    FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

    "With ball in hand Wales have looked threatening but they have not got their basics right.

    "They will know now what they have got to do in a fortnight when they go to Dublin."

    Ireland host Wales at the Aviva Stadium on 29 August.

  5. Post update

    FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

    Wales v Ireland
  6. Full-time

    Wales 21-35 Ireland

    Job done for Ireland. Over the 80 minutes Joe Schmidt's side deserve their comfortable victory.

  7. Try (Cuthbert, con Anscombe)

    Wales 21-35 Ireland

    And Wales have a try! Having secured good ball from the set-piece, a fine move is finished on the right-hand corner by British & Irish Lions wing Alex Cuthbert.

    Gareth Anscombe's conversion is good and brings to a close this World Cup warm-up match.

  8. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    Ireland are keeping the ball quite nicely here, moving up to the Welsh 22. But then it's knocked on - so we'll have one final examination of these two packs.

  9. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    The game is won for Ireland, of course, but can one of these sides finish with a flourish? Hallam Amos clears long, Felix Jones gathers and gets the away side up into the Wales half.

  10. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    Warm applause rings around the Millennium Stadium for Tommy O'Donnell, who's lifted onto the buggy and stretchered off. Looks can be deceiving, granted, but he does look in a lot of discomfort. Not nice.

    The clock is back on again.

  11. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    This is the stuff nightmares are made of. The stretcher is on for Tommy O'Donnell now, and the 28-year-old forward is taking some gas and air on too.

    With 41 days to go until the World Cup starts, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have everything crossed this isn't as bad as it looks like it might be.

  12. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

    "For the Ireland boys this performance puts pressure on the first-choice players. We all know the Wales first-choice team but they have not put them under any pressure, they have been poor today."

  13. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    A brief pause in play as Tommy O'Donnell and Alex Cuthbert both receive treatment. Friendly or not, it's been a pretty bruising afternoon.

  14. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    Ireland, almost stung into action by that Wales score, are on the attack themselves now. They have the ball inside the hosts' 22, but Tommy O'Donnell spills the ball having beaten the first tackler.

  15. Post update

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

    "It was great support by Tipuric and was a great finish too - but unfortunately I think it is too little, too late."

  16. Try (Tipuric, con Anscombe)

    Wales 14-35 Ireland

    If you believe in commentator's curse then I'm claiming that one. It's the try of the match.

    A flowing Wales move down the left-hand side, featuring two brilliant offloads from Tyler Morgan and then Hallam Amos, allows Justin Tipuric to cross the whitewash. Superb.

    Gareth Anscombe converts, the Irish lead is cut to 21 points.

    Tipuric try
  17. Post update

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    Another Wales knock on means another Irish scrum, and replacement scrum-half Kieran Marmion has the put-in. This game, with the large margin that separates the sides on the scoreboard, is just petering out a bit.

  18. Post update

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    That's not Hallam Amos's finest moment, attempting to stab the ball forward but taking a complete air-shot. Ireland have the scrum, and Simon Zebo arrows a low kick forward to peg Wales back inside their own half.

  19. Post update

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    We're just hearing that Wales captain Scott Williams, withdrawn a little while ago, was indeed taken off as an injury precaution. It sounds as though he's picked up an ankle niggle.

  20. Post update

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    But Dominic Day has knocked on, offering Ireland a reprieve. Ireland have the put in at the scrum, about seven metres from their own try-line.

  21. Sin-bin (Henry)

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    Wales will have a penalty now too, which Matthew Morgan taps and runs. And another penalty! This time Chris Henry is the offender, and the referee dishes out a yellow card. The hosts head for touch.

  22. Post update

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    What can Wales rescue, if anything, from this World Cup warm up? All of their replacements are now on the field, with 22 minutes to play.

    Eli Walker gets his team over the gain line and into Irish territory.

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  24. Try (Jones, missed con Jackson)

    Wales 7-35 Ireland

    That's an excellently worked try, as Ireland fire the ball from right to left, allowing Felix Jones to cross into the corner. This has been really good from Joe Schmidt's side, a very solid performance, although Paddy Jackson is unable to convert this time.

  25. Post update

    Wales 7-30 Ireland

    Wales are on the attack now then, working through the phases. But Jamie Heaslip, who has been everywhere today, has turned it over to send Ireland forward. The captain has led from the front.

  26. Replacements

    Wales 7-30 Ireland

    A couple of notable replacements to tell you about, as half-backs Mike Phillips and James Hook are withdrawn. Gareth Anscombe and Lloyd Williams are on, Anscombe for his Wales debut.

    And, as I type, Kristian Dacey is on too. That means we've now seen six Welsh debutants this afternoon.

  27. Try (Zebo, missed con Jackson)

    Wales 7-30 Ireland

    And they make no mistake from close range, with Simon Zebo darting around a pile of bodies to touch down. Another simple try for Ireland.

    Paddy Jackson misses the conversion, but the lead is back up to 23 points.

    Zebo try
  28. Post update

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Ireland are immediately on the attack too, piling bodies forward. That's some decent defence by Wales though, forcing the Irish ball-carrier out of play - although the touch judge has actually awarded the visitors the line-out. This could be dangerous.

  29. Sin-bin (Moriarty)

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    What have we got here then? It looks like, as Simon Zebo carried the ball into contact, Ross Moriarty has caught the winger with a swinging arm. The TMO sees it that way too, so the Gloucester forward will spend the next 10 minutes in the bin.

  30. Post update

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    That's sloppy from skipper Scott Williams, dropping the ball as Wales came forward. Ireland's scrum is solid enough too, although Hallam Amos is under the high kick to get the hosts moving in the right direction once more.

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  32. Post update

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Wales's only change sees Taulupe Faletau enter the action. Meanwhile, Ireland have given away a penalty at the breakdown, so James Hook kicks the ball into touch.

  33. Kick-off

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson gets us under way, sending forward an early up and under for half-time replacement Simon Zebo to chase.

  34. Post update

    HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Right then, the players have returned to the field, so let's get this match moving again.

  35. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

    So with 30 players on the field all hoping to catch the eye, who's impressed you so far? Are any of these fringe players on their way to sealing a spot at the World Cup?

    Let us know using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  36. Post update

    HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Richard Williams,. BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "Well, the crowd woke up just before the interval - because Wales suddenly arrived at the party. Not as vociferous or rowdy as they would be at a Six Nations match, but very eager to see Wales do well, as the cheer that greeted Richard Hibbard's confirmed.

    "But the travelling Irish will be far happier supping their half-time refreshments after Joe Schmidt's team dominated the first half hour."

  37. Let the trimming commence

    HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Chris Ashton

    So with the warm-up games now under way, this is where the head coaches will start hacking their squads down to the final 31 that'll make the cut come the submission deadline on 31 August.

    While Wales coach Warren Gatland has said he'll whittle is current squad down from 46 to "36 or 38" before they next meet Ireland on 29 August, Stuart Lancaster has already set about reducing the numbers in his England party.

    Last night it was announced that seven players would play no further part in their World Cup preparations, including Saracens wing Chris Ashton.

    Marland Yarde, scrum-half Lee Dickson and centre Kyle Eastmond also among those to miss out but, as expected, Sam Burgess remains.

  38. Post update

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

    "The last few minutes has been a confidence boost for Wales. It has shown them they can keep the ball.

    "For 30 minutes Ireland looked in total control and a very quality side."

  39. Post update

    HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Wales v Ireland
  40. Half-time

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Ireland's lead is pretty significant at the break, and well deserved too. They absolutely bossed the opening 35 minutes and, although Richard Hibbard's late try may have given Wales some hope, it still looks a long way back from here.

  41. No try (Walker)

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    He hasn't, despite a brilliant attempt in the corner. Eli Walker just about latches onto a tasty grubber through and, with the ball drifting out of play, snatches it in mid-air and attempts to touch it down.

    However, just as he did so, he lost control of the ball. No try - unlucky.

    Walker try disallowed
  42. Try review (Walker)

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Has Eli Walker grabbed himself a debut try for Wales? We're heading to the TMO...

  43. Post update

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Now Hallam Amos comes streaming forward for Wales. For all of Ireland's dominance in this first half, can the hosts manage another score before the break?

  44. Try (Hibbard, con Hook)

    Wales 7-25 Ireland

    Hibbard try

    Credit to Wales - that's a brilliantly worked line-out try.

    Having secured safe possession, Justin Tipuric spins around to take the ball and offload to hooker Richard Hibbard, who has the simplest of finishes from a couple of metres out.

    James Hook's conversion reduces the deficit to a still-sizeable 18 points.

  45. Post update

    Wales 0-25 Ireland

    Martyn's not wrong - Warren Gatland will just be glad to get his troops back into the changing room.

    His side do have a penalty after Ireland are caught offside, at least, allowing James Hook to head for the corner.

  46. Post update

    Wales 0-25 Ireland

    Martyn Williams

    Former Wales captain on BBC One Wales

    "I think you have to give credit to Ireland, it does not look like it is their first game of the season.

    "For Wales, they just need to settle it down a bit. There are not many senior players out there. The senior players like Richard Hibbard and others need to have a word."

  47. Penalty (Jackson)

    Wales 0-25 Ireland

    And fly-half Paddy Jackson makes no mistake, increasing Ireland's advantage to 25 points.

  48. Post update

    Wales 0-22 Ireland

    The move breaks down as the visitors try to switch the ball wide to the right, but Wales are caught offside, giving Paddy Jackson a routine shot at goal...

  49. Post update

    Wales 0-22 Ireland

    But now Ireland have stolen the line-out too - they're five metres out and thumping on the Welsh defensive door.

  50. Post update

    Wales 0-22 Ireland

    Ireland are running riot! Now Richard Hibbard attempts a hospital offload, allowing Andrew Trimble to steal in and close in on the line. He's got plenty to do and, thankfully for Wales, captain Scott Williams saves the day to force him into touch.

  51. Try (Earls, con Jackson)

    Wales 0-22 Ireland

    Ireland score

    This is just going from bad to worse for Wales. Andrew Trimble puts in an absolutely thumping hit on Eli Walker, causing the young winger to spill the ball, and Keith Earls is able to pick up and stroll in from 30 metres.

    Ireland's lead is 22 and there's still the best part of 10 minutes to go until half-time.

  52. Post update

    Wales 0-15 Ireland

    All of a sudden the game completely opens up, as first Eoin Reddan attempts a chip and chase for Ireland, before Eli Walker picks up and skips past a couple of tackles to launch a Wales counter-attack.

    A knock on in the middle of it all, however, means we'll have a scrum.

  53. Strauss returns

    Wales 0-15 Ireland

    Strauss injury

    Richardt Strauss is back on for Ireland too, by the way. That's certainly a relief for Joe Schmidt, because the 29-year-old hooker had taken a nasty bash to the head.

  54. Post update

    Wales 0-15 Ireland

    What can Wales do here now then? They have a line-out deep inside the Ireland half, but again the visitors show that extra bit of experience and know-how to win the ball back - and then win the penalty.

  55. Post update

    Wales 0-15 Ireland

    Martyn Williams

    Former Wales captain on BBC One Wales

    "Justin Tipuric has given all his weight to the scrum, but Mike Phillips expected him to defend on the inside, but he stay down in the scrum. Poor communication by Wales that leads to the try."

  56. Try (Cave, con Jackson)

    Wales 0-15 Ireland

    Clinical from Ireland, absolutely clinical. Again they dominate the scrum, setting the platform for Darren Cave to dive over from close range. Wales have not turned up yet.

  57. Post update

    Wales 0-8 Ireland

    That is superb from Keith Earls, showing a brilliant turn of pace to jink his way through the Wales line, but Hallam Amos and Richard Hibbard combine to get back and keep the ball up. That looked a real opportunity for Ireland.

  58. Post update

    Wales 0-8 Ireland

    Ireland's Richardt Strauss looks like he's taken a wee bump to the head, and will have to be withdrawn for now to be assessed. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.

    All the while, the away side have laid down an early marker at the scrum here, forcing the Welsh pack to give away a penalty. Forward they come once more.

  59. Penalty (Jackson)

    Wales 0-8 Ireland

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

    Paddy Jackson does indeed land the kick and extends Ireland's lead to eight points. Joe Schmidt will be delighted with what he's seen so far - the visitors have bossed the opening exchanges.

  60. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    But another Wales infringement at the breakdown has given Paddy Jackson a shot at goal. After that conversion miss earlier, can he split the posts this time around?

  61. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    This has been all Ireland so far. They have a scrum on the Welsh five-metre line now, but Dominic Day puts in a fine recovery tackle in the aftermath to get Wales up and running.

  62. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    Martyn Williams

    Former Wales captain on BBC One Wales

    "You can train as much as you want, but those first few rucks and phases of play, their lungs will be burning up. This has been an intense first 15 minutes."

  63. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    Gloucester's Ross Moriarty, another Wales debutant, turns the ball over now - but no sooner does he win it he loses it, presenting Ireland centre Keith Earls with an opportunity to poke the ball through and out of play deep inside Welsh territory.

  64. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    Now full-back Felix Jones comes forward from deep, exploiting a wide-open Wales defence. He's beyond the 22-metre line but the chance goes begging when green shirts fail to get up to him quickly enough. Ireland have started much the better, though.

  65. Post update

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

    Ireland's Jamie Heaslip scores

    "That try came from loose play. Scott Williams took the ball into contact, lost it and from then on Wales were under pressure."

  66. Try (Heaslip, missed con Jackson)

    Wales 0-5 Ireland

    But, as the second wave comes forward, this time Ireland make no mistake, with captain for the day Jamie Heaslip strolling over for the simplest of finishes from close range. Too easy.

    Speaking of easy, Paddy Jackson's conversion doesn't exactly look difficult, but somehow he hacks it wide of the posts.

  67. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Ireland

    But with an overlap on it's really wasteful from the Irish, knocking on with numbers over. Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips did, at least, do well to get back.

  68. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Ireland

    One of Wales's four debutants Eli Walker tries to stab the ball into the corner as the home side come forward but it only serves to return possession to Ireland. They have an advantage as they come forward.

  69. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Ireland

    After all the excitement pre-match, already the crowd sounds oddly subdued. Ireland play some nice possession stuff, with scrum-half Eoin Reddan at the centre of it, but eventually they infringe at the breakdown, allowing Wales fly-half James Hook to punt the ball into touch.

  70. Post update

    Wales 0-0 Ireland

    A decent first 60 seconds or so for Wales, working their way through the phases and gaining some good ground, but the visitors turn the ball over and are then awarded a penalty. Paddy Jackson heads to touch.

  71. Kick-off

    Wales 0-0 Ireland

    James Hook's boot gets this World Cup warm-up match under way.

  72. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Richard Williams, BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "If the weather is set fair outside the ground, inside the players face the chill wind of selection after this match with Wales due to shed up to 10 players from their World Cup squad, and Ireland cutting seven from theirs.

    "It may not be the Six Nations, but there's a lot at stake for the 46 players involved here today."

  73. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    It's anthems time. As the camera pans in front of the two sets of players, there'll likely be a few faces in there you won't recognise. A handful of fringe players looking to play their way into Ireland's World Cup squad, and four debutants in the Wales XV.

  74. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Right then, that's quite enough chat. Let's get down to business at the Millennium Stadium.

    Scott Williams leads out Wales, as does Jamie Heaslip his Ireland side. Fire bursts into the air, lights flash around the stadium and the crowd roars.

    So much for a friendly.

  75. Stage is set

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live's Christopher Jones at the Millennium Stadium.

  76. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Andrew Trimble

    Another returning player is Ulster wing Andrew Trimble, who has been out since last October and missed Ireland's Six Nations-winning campaign.

    Back to something resembling full fitness and back in Joe Schmidt's side, the 30-year-old is relishing every second.

    "It's amazing how, after being injured for so long, just getting out on the pitch is a bit of a novelty," said Trimble. "I'm absolutely loving it, I really am.

    "As much as this is a tough time of year with everybody slugging it out through really tough conditioning sessions, I'm still more or less doing it with a smile on my face."

  77. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    James Hook

    One man who certainly isn't an unfamiliar face in Welsh red - but "a little bit shocked" to be included this afternoon nonetheless - is fly-half James Hook.

    The 30-year-old already has 77 caps to his name, but hasn't started an international match since November 2014.

    He will partner scrum-half Mike Phillips in a Wales shirt for the first time since 2011 against Ireland today.

    "Me and Mike have got a lot of experience together and hopefully we can do a job ourselves and help the young boys around us and hopefully see the team through," said Hook.

  78. 'Replicate World Cup conditions'

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on BBC One Wales: "Today will give our players the opportunity to experience pretty much the same conditions as we will face in September at the World Cup.

    "It will not be bright and sunny like it is today but the pressure cooker inside the stadium will not change in a month's time. It is the ideal opportunity to replicate the conditions we will face."

    Ireland play Canada in their first World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium on 19 September.

  79. Comparing notes?

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt

    You've heard of coaches announcing teams early, announcing teams late, bluffing about injuries and pretending that selection doesn't matter either way.

    But have you heard of two coaches liaising over who to play? If you hadn't before, you have now.

    "Joe rang me last week to talk about what we were looking at in the squad," said Wales boss Warren Gatland.

    "I said we were going to have a mixed squad with an opportunity for some younger players. He sort of indicated that they were probably going to do the same thing."

  80. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Wales v Ireland

    Although the last dozen contests have swung this way and that, Wales edge the over all head-to-head record with 66 wins to Ireland's 49.

    I'm sure you'll recall the two teams have enjoyed some epic tussles over the years too, and my BBC Sport colleague Bruce Pope put together this rather handy guide back in March if you fancy reliving a few of them.

  81. 'Not a friendly'

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Martyn Williams

    Former Wales captain on BBC One Wales

    "The pressure on every player is huge. The carrot at the end of the stick is to get into the national squad. It is called a friendly but it will be as intense as any Test match.

    "Normally you can feel your way into pre-season but not today."

  82. Line-ups

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Ireland team

    Replacements: Best, Kilcoyne, Bent, Tuohy, Henry, Marmion, Madigan, Zebo.

  83. Line-ups

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Wales team

    Replacements: Evans, Dacey, Andrews, King, Faletau, Williams, Anscombe, M. Morgan.

  84. Ireland team news

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Andrew Trimble

    Ireland don't have any debutants in their side - but they do have wing Andrew Trimble back for the first time in over a year, after the 30-year-old missed much of last season with a toe injury.

    Head coach Joe Schmidt has rested many of his Six Nations-winning side, with Mike Ross and Jamie Heaslip the only players to retain starting roles from the win over Scotland in March.

    Munster duo Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan will play their first Ireland games since March 2013, while Ulster trio Paddy Jackson, Darren Cave and Iain Henderson also start.

  85. Wales team news

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Ross Moriarty

    Ross Moriarty, Tyler Morgan, Eli Walker and Dominic Day will all make their Wales debuts this afternoon.

    Gloucester's Moriarty is at blind-side flanker, while 29-year-old Day starts at lock.

    Newport Gwent Dragons' 19-year-old centre Morgan was part of Wales's Six Nations squad but did not make an appearance.

    Ospreys wing Walker has been unfortunate with injuries but gets his chance in the absence of George North, who missed the last 10 weeks of last season with concussion.

  86. Post update

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    Richard Williams

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    Millennium Stadium

    "They put a roof on the Millennium Stadium to keep the worst of the Welsh weather at bay. Fair enough in January. However, on this August day it's sunscreen and shades in the streets of Cardiff and a kind of floodlit twilight inside.

    "A shame really, but it's what rival coaches Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt want to replicate the conditions they'll face when Ireland and Wales play World Cup matches here in the autumn."

  87. Welcome back

    Wales v Ireland (14:30 BST)

    BBC One Wales

    It's now time to swap the southern hemisphere for the north.

    And, while our next match might not quite feature the same volume of star names that the first did, for those players involved this could be absolutely crucial. World Cup places are very much at stake.

    So let's get stuck into Wales v Ireland - and the good news is you can use the 'Live Coverage' tab to follow all the action on BBC One Wales too.

  88. Post update

    FT: Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    Australia graphic

    That's all from us for now, but we'll be back again at 14:00 BST for live text and television coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. We'll see you again shortly.

  89. Post update

    FT: Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    A fabulous contest. In winning the Rugby Championship, Australia also beat New Zealand for the first time in four years, ending a ten-match winless streak against their rivals.

    Captain Stephen Moore lifts the trophy above his head to a roar from the crowd, before the Wallabies players pose for photographs. They look a happy bunch.

    They face the All Blacks again in a week's time - can they secure the Bledisloe Cup too?

  90. Post update

    FT: Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    New Zealand captain Richie McCaw tells Sky Sports: "It was a pretty intense match, which we expected. It probably came down to a couple of missed tackles at the end.

    "I thought when we got back in the game and got ahead that's when we needed to be really sharp. But a couple of lapses in defence was probably the difference.

    "I've loved every minute of playing here (in Australia)."

  91. Post update

    FT: Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    The Wallabies celebrate

    Australia captain Stephen Moore tells Sky Sports: "I'm very proud of the boys. We had a week's preparation and came out here and fought hard for each other. The crowd really lifted us there at the end of the game.

    "We knew it'd go down to the wire and it did. I think it was a good contest."

  92. Post update

    FT: Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    Australia v NZ
  93. Full-time

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    There's the final whistle - Australia have beaten New Zealand to win the Rugby Championship!

  94. Post update

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    Wallabies ball secured, into the final minute. Australia are on the brink of a first win over New Zealand since 2011.

  95. Post update

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    But replacement scrum-half Tatafu Polota-Nau has knocked on. The Australian players, both on the pitch and on the bench, jump in celebration. Is that the moment?

    They'll put in at the scrum now.

  96. Post update

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    A line-out on the 22-metre line then. Julian Savea comes flying forward but the Australian defence holds strong. And now we'll have a New Zealand scrum. They're deep inside enemy territory but the clock is ticking.

  97. Post update

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    New Zealand knock on so we'll come back for the penalty. To the posts or to the corner? Dan Carter chooses the corner.

  98. Post update

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    One last All Blacks push? The away side are up to halfway, have the ball in their hand and an advantage in their pocket.

  99. Try (White, con White)

    Australia 27-19 New Zealand

    How's that for an impact off the bench? First a brilliant kick to edge Australia ahead, and now a first Test try for Nic White to send them clear. The 25-year-old, on his 20th Wallabies appearance, cuts a gorgeous line to break through and stroll over from close range.

    The conversion from White is good too, so a New Zealand try won't be enough now.

  100. Post update

    Australia 20-19 New Zealand

    The Wallabies are five metres from the New Zealand line, knocking seriously hard at that All Blacks door. Can they find a decisive score?

  101. Post update

    Australia 20-19 New Zealand

    The Wallabies have shown some serious spirit to stay in touch here, and come forward once more through the jinking feet of Israel Folau.

    Smoke is beginning to emerge from my keyboard - this has been relentless since the interval.

  102. Penalty (White)

    Australia 20-19 New Zealand

    What a kick! Nic White has done it!

    We're racing towards the final 11 minutes and we have a one-point game. Anyone fancy picking a winner?

  103. Post update

    Australia 17-19 New Zealand

    But how often does a team score a try only to concede a penalty immediately from the restart?

    That's exactly what New Zealand have done here, so replacement Nic White will have a shot at goal from just inside the All Blacks half...

  104. Try (Milner-Skudder, missed con Carter)

    Australia 17-19 New Zealand

    New Zealand All Blacks' Nehe Milner-Skudder

    The TMO takes a good while over the decision, but at last concludes that Nehe Milner-Skudder did just about get the ball down under some real pressure.

    Dan Carter's conversion drifts wide, meaning just two points separate the teams.

    All the while, the camera pans to Australia coach Michael Cheika, who looks more than a bit disappointed that try was given. It wasn't a straightforward one, that's for sure.

  105. Try review (Milner-Skudder)

    Australia 17-14 New Zealand

    Wow, this match just keeps on giving.

    The All Blacks secure the ball at the set-piece, work it out wide and debutant Nehe Milner-Skudder is over. But did he ground the ball?

  106. Post update

    Australia 17-14 New Zealand

    There's plenty of hands on hips and heavy breathing out there now. Some respite as the two packs take their time binding for a New Zealand scrum.

  107. Try (Ashley-Cooper, con Giteau)

    Australia 17-14 New Zealand

    Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper, left, dives past New Zealand's Ben Smith

    Well played, Adam Ashley-Cooper. It's a fabulous response from the 14-men of Australia, as replacement Matt Toomua sends through a beautiful little grubber, giving the 31-year-old a sniff out wide.

    But can he pick up and squeeze his way over under pressure? You bet he can. A billiant, diving finish.

    Matt Giteau's conversion from a tight angle is good too and the Wallabies are in front once more!

  108. Try review (Ashley-Cooper)

    Australia 10-14 New Zealand

    Has Adam Ashley-Cooper grabbed an instant reply for Australia? We're heading to the TMO...

  109. Post update

    Australia 10-14 New Zealand

    Following an error-strewn first half, this contest has really burst into life since the break.

    To remind you, the winner will secure the Rugby Championship trophy, as well as gaining an advantage in the Bledisloe Cup.

  110. Try (Milner-Skudder, missed con Carter)

    Australia 10-14 New Zealand

    How's that for making a man advantage count? The All Blacks burst forward, working their way across the field from left to right. And here comes debutant Nehe Milner-Skudder, cutting in off his wing to restore New Zealand's lead with a relatively simple finish.

    Dan Carter's conversion drifts wide, but now the All Blacks are ahead by four points.

  111. Sin-bin (Phipps)

    Australia 10-9 New Zealand

    Oh Nick Phipps, what have you done there? After spilling the ball, New Zealand attempt to take a tap penalty and run it from inside their own half. But Phipps fails to retreat and twice has a nibble, prompting Wayne Barnes to show him a yellow card.

    And as one scrum-half half departs another returns. Aaron Smith is back on the pitch.

  112. Post update

    Australia 10-9 New Zealand

    Now then, what kind of response can the Wallabies muster? A good one by the looks of it - centre Drew Mitchell hands off two tackles to take them into the All Blacks 22.

  113. Penalty (Carter)

    Australia 10-9 New Zealand

    It's over - and with it, Dan Carter becomes the first man in Test rugby union history to reach 1,500 points. An amazing achievement.

    For the record, the next best is former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson with 1,246. Quite a difference.

  114. Post update

    Australia 10-6 New Zealand

    Now David Pocock, with blood pouring from a nasty gash above his eye, infringes at the breakdown and gives Dan Carter a chance at the posts.

    With time ticking on Aaron Smith's yellow card, can New Zealand reduce the deficit to a single point?

  115. Post update

    Australia 10-6 New Zealand

    The All Blacks have done well to earn themselves a scrum deep inside Australian territory from the restart, however, though Dan Carter will have to put the ball in with no scrum-half on the field.

    The set-piece is a good one and New Zealand are working their way through the phases.

  116. Post update

    Australia 10-6 New Zealand

    A penny for the thoughts of Aaron Smith at the moment? His high tackle led to the try - and he won't be back on the field for another seven minutes or so still.

  117. Try (Kepu, con Giteau)

    Australia 10-6 New Zealand

    Sekope Kepu

    At last they've made it count, and what a finish it is too! Prop Sekope Kepu dances through from close range, showing the skills of a fleet-footed winger to trick his way past a tackle and cross the whitewash.

    Matt Giteau converts, Australia lead by four.

  118. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    So Bernard Foley heads for touch. Can Australia win the line-out this time? The answer is an emphatic yes - and they pile forward, up to the New Zealand five-metre line...

  119. Sin-bin (A. Smith)

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper, right, is taken high by New Zealand's Aaron Smith

    Ouch, that looks a sore one. As Adam Ashley-Cooper breaks forward down the right, New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith comes racing across to make the tackle - but it's ugly and high.

    Wayne Barnes brandishes a yellow card without a moment's hesitation.

  120. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    There'll be an early scrum in this second half too, which the Wallabies absolutely boss. A superb push from the Australian pack forces a penalty, which Bernard Foley sends to touch.

  121. Kick-off

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Here we go again then. New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter gets us under way once more.

  122. Post update

    HT: Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    If you hadn't caught up already, during that first half Australia's cricketers lost their grip on the Ashes, as England wrapped up a thumping innings-and-78-run victory at Trent Bridge.

    Perhaps we can bring some Aussie sporting cheer in the next 40 minutes or so?

  123. Post update

    HT: Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    New Zealand v Australia

    So New Zealand lead at the break, but this Bledisloe Cup match is far from over.

    All that said - does Rugby Championship success come at a price?

  124. Post update

    HT: Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Australia v NZ
  125. Half-time

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Yes they most certainly can, as the All Blacks retain possession and pile forward.

    Hooker Dan Coles takes them up to the five-metre line but, having spread the ball wide, Michael Hooper puts in a super hit on Julian Savea, meaning the move peters out and that'll be that for the first 40 minutes.

  126. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    So as the clock ticks towards the final 60 seconds of this first half, New Zealand will put in at a scrum on halfway. Can either side muster one last attack before the break?

  127. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    All Blacks number nine Aaron Smith has been penalised there, coming off his feet when contesting for the ball.

    Australia head for touch, but New Zealand steal the line-out and clear it. They've been under the cosh a bit over the last 10 minutes or so yet still the lead is theirs. Will the hosts be made to pay for these mounting errors?

  128. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Australia are on the attack again, though, as Michael Hooper makes some valuable metres. And here comes Israel Folau, breaking the line and taking the ball up to the whitewash. Surely a Wallabies try? No! Another spill with numbers over!

    It's former Exeter Chief Dean Mumm who can't grab the ball down by his laces. If he had, the home side would've scored.

  129. Missed penalty (Giteau)

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    Not this time, Matt Giteau. His penalty attempt comes back off the post, allowing New Zealand to scramble the ball away from danger.

  130. Post update

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    But now Owen Franks has been penalised for failing to roll away from the restart, giving Australia another opportunity to draw level. The early handling errors have developed into indiscipline from both teams. Frustration creeping in?

  131. Penalty (Carter)

    Australia 3-6 New Zealand

    That's more like it! A terrific Dan Carter kick from distance edges the away side back in front with 10 minutes to go until half-time.

  132. Post update

    Australia 3-3 New Zealand

    Fly-half Dan Carter's not having his best day at the office here, sending an un-contestable kick too long and straight into Australian hands. But New Zealand have done well to win themselves a penalty in the resulting scrap, so Carter will shoot from the tee.

  133. Penalty (Giteau)

    Australia 3-3 New Zealand

    He flirts with the right upright but does manage to split the posts and we're all square in this Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

  134. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    It's fiercely contested at the base of the ruck too, but referee Wayne Barnes decides we'll have a scrum. And the Wallabies pack has done superbly there, winning a penalty right beneath the posts.

    This should be simple enough for Matt Giteau...

  135. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    Out of nowhere, the game completely opens up and Australia back-rower David Pocock breaks clear and has Nick Phipps on his right shoulder too, but agonisingly can't offload to his team-mate with the posts at their mercy.

    Up to the five-metre line, this is the closest they've come...

  136. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    That's a bit more like it as New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw and then centre Conrad Smith gain some serious ground right down the middle of the field, but the pair soon run out of steam and we're back to square one again.

    And now it's a rather familiar tale - after Dan Carter's up-and-under Australia knock on for the umpteenth time and we'll have another scrum.

  137. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    So much quality on the field, but so many errors in this opening quarter. A misplaced Wallabies pass, a turnover and then an All Blacks spill all combines to result in an Australian scrum.

    It's an even contest but the hosts keep the ball, and they're up to halfway.

  138. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    Australia have almost had a shocker there, as full-back Israel Folau's attempted clearance is charged down. Now the chase is on, but Matt Giteau just about beats Dan Carter in the foot race. Almost.

  139. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    After a nervous error-strewn opening 10 minutes or so, this game is starting to settle into some kind of structure at last. Kieran Read absolutely piles into Matt Giteau, but somehow Australia keep hold of the ball. Not this time, however, as they infringe on the opposite side of the field.

    But what a schoolboy mistake that is from Dan Carter - he fails to find touch.

  140. Post update

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    What a debut Nehe Milner-Skudder is having already, throwing the cutest of dummies to take him into Australian territory. And now Sonny Bill Williams has half a yard of space to break through from around 30 metres out, but he can't gather the ball cleanly and the Wallabies clear long.

  141. Penalty (Carter)

    Australia 0-3 New Zealand

    And that's easy meat for Dan Carter, representing the All Blacks for the 105th time today.

    That kick from close range moves him to within six points of the 1,500 mark in Test rugby too. A remarkable record.

  142. Sin-bin (Kepu)

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    Goodness me, New Zealand are lightning quick to move forward having won the ball back again, however.

    They're up to the five-metre line in the blink of an eye, but Sekope Kepu's scrambled defence trying to get back to debutant Nehe Milner-Skudder sees him sent to the sin bin. Wayne Barnes standing for no nonsense.

    Dan Carter will have an opportunity from the tee.

  143. Post update

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    But another steal, David Pocock once again! There's been a lot of chat in the build-up about the number eight's inclusion alongside Michael Hooper in the back row and twice inside the opening seven minutes he's turned it over.

  144. Post update

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    The All Blacks managed 10 out of 10 from the line-out against Argentina in the last round, and they keep the ball here too.

    Now Australia have turned it over though, David Pocock doing the damage at the base of the ruck, but Bernard Foley has dropped it out wide. Handling errors aplenty, not quite the quality you'd expect from these two teams thus far.

  145. Post update

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith has the put-in, but that's some drive from the Wallabies pack. They very nearly turn it over too, but now the All Blacks have the ball in hand for the first time, over halfway. But a yellow shirt has infringed somewhere in there, so Dan Carter belts the ball into touch.

  146. Post update

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    And an early All Blacks error has the hosts on the charge too, working through the phases, but the ball is spilled so we'll go back for a scrum. How are the two packs shaping up?

  147. Kick-off

    Australia 0-0 New Zealand

    English referee Wayne Barnes is the man in the middle tonight. His whistle prompts Bernard Foley to kick the ball high and long. The first round of the Bledisloe Cup is under way.

  148. Post update

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    New Zealand haka

    Whether you're a Kiwi, Wallaby or neutral, you'd have to be a hard, hard person to not have the Haka send a shiver down your spine.

    What a sight.

  149. Post update

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    McCaw graphic

    Today is a record-equalling day for New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, playing in Australia for the last time too.

    The 34-year-old leads his players onto the field, followed by Stephen Moore and his Wallabies troops.

    The anthems and Haka moments away.

  150. Line-ups

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    New Zealand team

    Replacements: Taylor, Franks, Laulala, Whitelock, Cane, Perenara, Barrett, Fekitoa.

  151. Line-ups

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    Australia team

    Replacements: Polota-Nau, Slipper, Holmes, Skelton, McCalman, White, Toomua, Beale.

  152. Team news

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    Michael Hooper

    Having served his one-week ban, Michael Hooper goes straight back into Australia's team and will link up with David Pocock in the back row.

    Elsewhere, Matt Giteau returns at inside centre, Drew Mitchell comes in on the wing and former Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm will feature at lock.

    Nehe Milner-Skudder is set to make his New Zealand debut on the wing, while Sonny Bill Williams, Julia Savea and Dan Carter are among the big-name players to be back in the All Blacks side.

  153. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    So whether you're a Kiwi looking for revenge for March's Cricket World Cup final loss or a Wallaby seeking sanctuary from an impending Ashes defeat, there's plenty on the line.

    Whatever the context, this game always matters.

    Whichever camp you're in, you can get in touch with us by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  154. The Bledisloe Cup

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)


    That's not the only first since 2011 the Aussies will be hoping to achieve this morning.

    Australia haven't beaten New Zealand for four years, enduring a rather unpleasant ten-match winless run against their rivals. As for the actual cup itself - they've not laid hands on that since 2002.

    Some serious All Blacks dominance.

  155. What's at stake?

    Australia v New Zealand (11:05 BST)

    From 11:05 BST, Australia face rivals New Zealand. And, aside from the Bledisloe Cup - more on that in a moment - both sides head into today's contest with the Rugby Championship trophy on the line.

    The two teams are level on points at the top of the standings, following wins over South Africa and Argentina, meaning the winner at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney really will take all.

    New Zealand are the holders, while Australia are looking to take the crown for the first time since 2011.

  156. The countdown begins here

    Webb Ellis Cup

    With the small matter of 41 days now separating us from the opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the countdown, for the northern hemisphere teams at least, begins today.

    From 14:30 BST, the first warm-up match involving one of the home nations sees Wales host Six Nations champions Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.

    But first we have a little Trans-Tasman score to settle.