Quade Cooper  takes a high ball at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Casting Quade Cooper as villain of the piece is the easiest gig in Australian sports journalism in the wake of the Wallabies’ 41-13 Bledisloe Cup Test(...)

Richie McCaw picked up a record 142nd Test cap in New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand 41 Australia 13 New Zealand roared to a 41-13 win at an emotional Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup against an Australia side who had (...)

Australia tighthead prop Sekope Kepu runs in his side’s first try during the Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand  at ANZ Stadium  in Sydney. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Suddenly, Australia have emerged as a genuine force to be reckoned with at the World Cup. And, for the first time in a very long time, there are now s(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: “They’ve forced my hand to see if it can work. I believe it can.” Photo: Andrew Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Australia have taken a punt on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Champio(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa scored the crucial try for New Zealand in Brisbane.  Photograph: Getty Images

Australia 28 New Zealand 29 New Zealand scored and converted a last-gasp try to seal a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday i(...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

New Zealand  wing Ben Smith is tackled by Argentina’s Agustin Creevy and  Nicolas Sanchez at McLean Park in Napier. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 28 Argentina 9Beauden Barrett inspired New Zealand to a thumping win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship at McLean Park in Napier. De(...)

Captain Richie McCaw  scores one of his two tries  against Australia and is  congratulated by teammates Aaron Cruden (left) and Aaron Smith during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Nigel Marple / Reuters

New Zealand 51 Australia 20 New Zealand laid down a Rugby Championship marker as they beat Australia 51-20 at Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup. T(...)

 Conrad Smith of the All Blacks scores a late try against England despite Joe Marler’s best efforts  at Eden Park   in Auckland. Photograph:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

New Zealand 20 England 15 England slipped to a painful late defeat in their first Test against New Zealand knowing that a glorious opportunity (...)

Steven Luatua: “If I can be physical for the whole 80 minutes then I will walk away happy.”

Blindside flanker Steven Luatua has been given the opportunity to impose himself on the Ireland pack as the All Blacks seek to end their season unb(...)