All Black captain Richie McCaw is expected to retire after the 2015 World Cup. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The luxury of selecting an extended All Blacks squad as he fine-tunes his final World Cup preparations has also allowed coach Steve Hansen to cast his(...)

Ulster Rugby’s new signing Charles Piutau. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino and outside back Charles Piutau will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season after being injured over the weeken(...)

All Black Aaron Cruden will miss the World Cup after injuring his knee. Photograph: Getty

All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden is almost certain to miss the World Cup after scans revealed the need for knee surgery that will sideline him for at (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has a word with his outhalf Ian Keatley at training this morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 0:48

About two years ago the penny dropped in New Zealand that Dan Carter was mortal. So began the quest to anoint his long term successor, which seemed fo(...)

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter is being lined up as a possible replacement for Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

According to media reports in New Zealand and sources in Paris, Racing Metro 92 are expected to announce this week that Dan Carter will join them afte(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

 Semesa Rokoduguni passes the ball during an  England training session earlier this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for Saturday’s test against New Zealand at Twickenham. The uncapped Rokoduguni, a servin(...)

 New Zealand’s  Dan Carter (second right) will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has lost his race to be fit and will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia next week.Carter broke his l(...)

New Zealand captain  Richie McCaw stretches past the tackle of South Africa’s Jan Serfontein to score a try in the second half of the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Rugby Championship round-up: Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zeal(...)

Kurtley Beale (right) of Australia receives a kick against New Zealand  during their Rugby Championship match in Sydney. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Australia 12 New Zealand 12 Australia foiled New Zealand’s bid to win an historic 18th consecutive Test as the Bledisloe Cup rivals played out (...)