All Blacks celebrates a try against Argentina during their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Outhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their All Blacks debuts against South Africa on Saturday after being named in the starting si(...)

New Zealand’s All Blacks players perform the haka before their Rugby Championship match against Argentina at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

New Zealand stepped up their World Cup preparations to secure a bonus-point 39-18 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener in Christ(...)

Dan Carter kicked 20 points as a sloppy New Zealand beat Samoa 25-16 at Apia Park. Photograph: Getty

Dan Carter underlined why he will be a key figure for New Zealand at the World Cup later this year as his left boot underpinned a 25-16 victory over S(...)

Dan Tuohy celebrates Ulster’s victory over Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium last month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After a summer of upheaval, there is a growing sense that Ulster are building something special again, and the rock around which this is being constr(...)

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(...)

Tommy Bowe is happy to be back with Ulster after a spell with the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

The era of stitching gold stars into provincial jerseys has been replaced by Six Nations titles. While Joe Schmidt’s team is thriving, the task of wi(...)

 Francis Saili in action for the Auckland Blues. A potential centre partnership with Keith Earls at Munster is mouth-watering. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The signings of Charles Piutau by Ulster and Francis Saili by Munster are obviously a response to the poor seasons both clubs have had. People have be(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Francis Saili will join Munster once his current Auckland Blues contract has ended. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images Sport

Munster have confirmed the signing of twice capped All Black centre Francis Saili on a two year contract. The 24-year-old Auckland Blues back made his(...)

Charles Piutau, seen here in  action for Auckland Blues in March, will join Ulster on a two-year deal from this summer. Photograph:   Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

Charles Piutau will join Ulster on a two year deal in July 2016 the province has confirmed.The 23-year-old utility back – he can play anywhere from 12(...)