New Zealand’s fly half Dan Carter takes part in a kicker’s training session at London’s Twickenham Stadium on the eve of the Rugby World Cup 2015 final between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Anyone with even a passing interest in rugby has a Dan Carter moment. There are hundreds of examples of his thrilling brilliance, dozens of near perfe(...)

New Zealand’s hooker Dane Coles has been compared to a young Keith Wood. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan Crotty’s try in overtime to beat Ireland in November 2013 doesn’t get any easier to watch. But it’s instructive to recall the key play and try(...)

Ben Smith of the All Blacks is spotted by Aaron Smith during a New Zealand training session at London Irish  in Bagshot. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

A World Cup cycle has increasingly come to represent the end of international careers across the rugby firmament, and for this exceptional group of Al(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu:  against France his  key stats were 107 metres gained and nine passes; precious little contact from the big man. Power yes; but not to batter. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

All field sports the world over have two key principles; create space and exploit space. On Monday I replayed the match. Not the one you’d imagine (...)

Julian Savea was New Zealand’s hat-trick hero in their win over Georgia at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: PA

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10 It may have been the first meeting between the countries, but Georgia did not have New Zealand on their minds when th(...)

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 (...)

Richie McCaw picked up a record 142nd Test cap in New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand 41 Australia 13 New Zealand roared to a 41-13 win at an emotional Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup against an Australia side who had (...)

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(...)