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(...)

Rob Kearney trains in Perth yesterday despite confirmation of a grade one hamstring tear. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Akin to the Rolling Stones on tour, Brian O’Driscoll tends to revisit big venues for encores. Tomorrow, he begins his fourth tour where he made his Li(...)

Vern Cotter (right) introduced Joe Schmidt to European rugby at Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images.

Josef Schmidt never seems to tire of talking rugby. He just doesn’t like talking about what he does in rugby. Like turning flankers into centre(...)

 Joe Schmidt will find the international environment very different from the supportive atmosphere of Leinster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

What do Warren Gatland, Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Steve Hansen and Bob Dwyer have in common? They were all national coaches whose contra(...)

Blackrock centre Gary Ringrose makes his break to score a try in the first half at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the mantle will have to wait. Blackrock College remain the dominate rugby school in Leinster. Perhaps even the world. Jus(...)