All Black legend  Richie McCaw  was joined by  Dublin hurler Paul Schutte  to  promote AIG Insurance’s Telematics car insurance. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Record breaking and recently retired former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw was in Dublin on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after he picked up the Laure(...)

 Oliver Jager  in action for Blackrock College in  the Leinster Senior Cup:  Jager is pursuing a professional rugby career in New Zealand with the Canterbury Crusaders.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three days after completing his Leaving Certificate, 17-year-old Oliver Jager was in New Zealand to embrace a new chapter in his life. He’d left eve(...)

 All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed Kieran Read as the next national captain, replacing the retired Richie McCaw. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen confirmed the first of his major rebuilding decisions following back-to-back World Cup victories with the expected nami(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter  with the Webb Ellis Cup after the All Blacks’ victory over  Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Not like this. That’s what Dan Carter thought when writhing in agony on home soil four years ago. It can’t end at a training session on the eve of the(...)

  New Zealand duo Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw chat during the Rugby World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

In the end it was all about McCaw and Carter. Never again will we see their likes. Certainly not at the same time. Before Carter grabbed hold of this (...)

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hold aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand’s win over Australia in the World Cup Final at Twickenham. Photograph:      Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 Simply the best, and perhaps now the best of all time. In any event, it’s hard to argue a case for a better team in(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika and assistant coach Mario Ledesma hold notes during a captain’s run training session at Twickenham on the eve of the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images

Australian tactics on how to get the better of New Zealand in tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final have been accidentally revealed by Micahel Cheika at hi(...)

When the word is mentioned, Keven Mealamu and Sam Whitelock inhale deeply, glance down at their feet for a second, then lock eyes with the one guarant(...)

David Pocock and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe  in last week’s semi-final: Pocock  gave a wonderful display of thievery against Argentina. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand and Australia will take the field on Saturday with each bidding to be the first nation to claim a third Rugby World Cup. Fans of free-flo(...)