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(...)

Richie McCaw is tackled during New Zealand’s unconvincing 58-14 win over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium 1:38

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14 Rarely has a 44-point defeat in rugby felt so much like a victory. But the smiles from Namibia’s players after this v(...)

Flanker Sam Cane will captain New Zealand for the first time in Thursday’s World Cup clash against minnows Namibia. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Sam Cane will captain a New Zealand side that shows 12 changes from the one that beat Argentina for Thursday’s Rugby World Cup match against Namibi(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)

Quade Cooper  takes a high ball at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Casting Quade Cooper as villain of the piece is the easiest gig in Australian sports journalism in the wake of the Wallabies’ 41-13 Bledisloe Cup Test(...)

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(...)

Charles Piutau of the All Balcks has signed a two year deal with Ulster according to reports in New Zealand. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Charles Piutau will join Ulster on a two year deal in July 2016. The 23-year-old utility back - he can play anywhere from 12 to 15 - is the latest est(...)

 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(...)