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(...)

 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(...)

 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(...)

 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(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa of the All Blacks breaks clear to score against South Africa  at Ellis Park. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 27 New Zealand 25Patrick Lambie’s late long-range penalty consigned New Zealand to just their second defeat in 38 Test matches as South A(...)

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(...)