Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Waisake Naholo briefly ignited, gliding past four Argentinian bodies before two tacklers hauled the 102kg winger to earth. “You might not think he’s m(...)

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(...)

New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams starts against Argentina. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The All Blacks pack has another chance to shake out the cobwebs while a potentially game-breaking combination will be blooded in midfield when New Ze(...)

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(...)

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(...)