All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

Sexton in action (above) against South Africa on Saturday, will now have a real motivation ahead of Ireland’s final two November tests. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Greg Feek succinctly summed up Jonathan Sexton: “He’s The General.”Following some outstanding performances during the Six Nations and after orchestrat(...)

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(...)

 Semesa Rokoduguni passes the ball during an  England training session earlier this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for Saturday’s test against New Zealand at Twickenham. The uncapped Rokoduguni, a servin(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa scored the crucial try for New Zealand in Brisbane.  Photograph: Getty Images

Australia 28 New Zealand 29 New Zealand scored and converted a last-gasp try to seal a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday i(...)

New Zealand  wing Ben Smith is tackled by Argentina’s Agustin Creevy and  Nicolas Sanchez at McLean Park in Napier. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 28 Argentina 9Beauden Barrett inspired New Zealand to a thumping win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship at McLean Park in Napier. De(...)

Captain Richie McCaw  scores one of his two tries  against Australia and is  congratulated by teammates Aaron Cruden (left) and Aaron Smith during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Nigel Marple / Reuters

New Zealand 51 Australia 20 New Zealand laid down a Rugby Championship marker as they beat Australia 51-20 at Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup. T(...)

New Zealand’s Julian Savea evades England captain Chris Robshaw as he crosses for his second try in the All Blacks 36-13 third test victory over the tourists at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.

New Zealand 36 England 13Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand beat England to seal a record-equalling 17th successive test victory(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose has been nominated for the Junior Player of the Year Award. The Blackrock centre scored a try in the semifinal against England> Photograph: ©INPHO/Photosport/David Rowland

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among four nominees for the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014. The outside centre carried well and repeatedly got over th(...)

 Richie McCaw celebrates with his New Zealand teammates after their win over England. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

New Zealand exploded for three tries in the second half to beat England 28-27 in their second test in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series with(...)