Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

Romania’s Welsh head coach Lynn Howells at a training session in London:  “We have to hope our players weather France and are still standing for Ireland.” Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

This week Samoan Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted: “Its match fixing. Short rests against the two highest ranked teams in the pool is madness, stupidity(...)

Romania’s  Ovidiu Tonita will feature in his fourth Rugby World Cup next month.

Lynn Howells, who was assistant coach to Wales under Graham Henry at the 1999 World Cup, has announced his 31-strong Romania squad for next month’s Ru(...)

Joe Schmidt: has achieved a 78 per cent win ratio as coach of Ireland with 14 victories in 18 Test matches. Photo:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The road to All Blacks coach is mapped out in the New Zealand rugby union’s coaching manual: know thy enemy by gaining “offshore” experience. Ideal(...)

  New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen poses after announcing his re-signing as coach. Photograph:  Mark Tantrum/Getty Images

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has signed a contract extension until 2017, ensuring he will remain in charge of the national side until after the Brit(...)

David Nucifora during his time on the Wallabies’ coaching staff. “I always think that dealing face to face with people is a far better way of doing things,” he says. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images.

David Nucifora’s first task as the IRFU’s newly invented performance director was to bring Jonathan Sexton home from Racing Metro 92. Along with signi(...)

Ireland’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Mils Muliaina of New Zealand during the Autumn International in 2008. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Even Mils Muliaina was blown away by New Zealand’s destruction of the Wallabies in Auckland a fortnight ago, and how the man who replaced him, Israel (...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

All Blacks number eight Kieran Read has been named player of the year for 2013. Photogrpah: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After conquering all before them in 2013, New Zealand have swept the boards at the IRB awards once more, taking away all three major end-of-season pr(...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)