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(...)

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw pose after the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Reds at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photo: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Canterbury Crusaders ensured Dan Carter and Richie McCaw bid a fitting farewell to Christchurch in their final Super Rugby match in the city with an (...)

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw will play together for the last time for the Canterbury Crusaders. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has recovered from a head knock and returned to the Canterbury Crusaders squad for a Super Rugby clash against the Qu(...)

Dan Carter is one of a number of All Blacks who had to return to New Zealand in order to represent the side again. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand have no intention of following Australia’s lead and allowing players based at foreign clubs to play for the All Blacks, rugby chief Steve (...)

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 (...)

Justin Slattery drives Azzam through a wave in the Southern Ocean. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

This is it, the legendary Southern Ocean that has been the hallmark of the Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbreads before it. All six boats are now deep and a(...)

Though Jared Payne is more familiar with the fullback position he is happy to play at centre for Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Jared Payne is beginning to feel more at ease and at home in the Irish set-up, and particularly so yesterday when the Irish team went through their p(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton recieves treatement during against Australia at the Aviva Stadium in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

"I know everyone talks about getting a quality 10, of an international standard, and you see Dan Carter is top of that list. But that requires a bi(...)

All Black Dan Carter will join Racing Metro after next year’s World Cup in a deal worth a reported €1.67 million a year (Photograph: INPHO/Photosport/Andrew Cornaga)

Saracens are leading calls to scrap the Aviva Premiership salary cap, with chief executive Edward Griffiths claiming it “has served its purpose.”In a (...)