Richie McCaw is tackled during New Zealand’s unconvincing 58-14 win over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium 1:38

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14 Rarely has a 44-point defeat in rugby felt so much like a victory. But the smiles from Namibia’s players after this v(...)

Aaron Smith celebrates with his New Zealand team mates after scoring his side’s opening try in their Rugby World Cup match against Argentina at Wembley. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

New Zealand 26 Argentina 16 For a moment it seemed as if New Zealand might be about to go the same way as South Africa on Saturday. Down to 13 (...)

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(...)

Jerome Kaino’s try proved to be the game changer sparking a late Welsh capitulation

Wales 16 New Zealand 34World champions New Zealand staged a storming second-half display to dash Wales’ hopes of claiming a famous victory at the Mill(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: “We’re all very proud of Richie,” says coach Steve Hansen. “He’s a straight up-and-downbloke who’s probably our greatest rugby player ever.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

It is 10 years since Steve Hansen finished his stint as Wales’s head coach and he is used to invitations to play mind games ahead of a return to the (...)

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(...)