Ben Smith (L) of the All Blacks on his way to score a try past Willie le Roux of the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2015. Photo: EPA/Nic Bothma

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw grabbed a late winning try as the All Blacks edged South Africa 27-20 in a gripping test match at Ellis Park on Satur(...)

Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Waisake Naholo briefly ignited, gliding past four Argentinian bodies before two tacklers hauled the 102kg winger to earth. “You might not think he’s m(...)

New Zealand’s All Blacks players perform the haka before their Rugby Championship match against Argentina at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

New Zealand stepped up their World Cup preparations to secure a bonus-point 39-18 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener in Christ(...)

Jerome Kaino’s try proved to be the game changer sparking a late Welsh capitulation

Wales 16 New Zealand 34World champions New Zealand staged a storming second-half display to dash Wales’ hopes of claiming a famous victory at the Mill(...)

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(...)

Rhys Ruddock chases down  Alapati Leiua of Wasps to prevent an easy conversion during the Champions Cup match at the RDS last weekend. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Reading Joe Schmidt’s mind on selection requires the prophetic powers of a soothsayer. One certainty, which was not always the case with previous Ire(...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

New Zealand captain  Richie McCaw stretches past the tackle of South Africa’s Jan Serfontein to score a try in the second half of the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Rugby Championship round-up: Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zeal(...)

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(...)