Wayne Barnes: made a profoundly flawed decision late in the South Africa v New Zealand clash at Ellis Park which saw South Africa end the All Blacks’ unbeaten run. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The last time South Africa played a match, four weeks ago, they ended a five-match losing run against New Zealand and in the process ended the All Bla(...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

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(...)

 Ryan Crotty:  will make his first Test start for New Zealand at inside centre in place of the injured Ma’a Nonu. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the(...)

Gloucester captain Billy Twelvetrees is helped off the pitch after being injured during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and London Irish at Kingsholm Stadium on May 3rd in Gloucester, England. Photograph: Getty Images

England and New Zealand have both suffered crucial losses before their meeting in Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park. The centre Billy Twelvetrees mis(...)

Former Wellington coach Andre Bell will join Connacht as a backs and kicking coach on a two-year deal. Photograph:   Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images

Connacht have named former Wellington Lions coach Andre Bell as their backs and kicking coach as the province completed its coaching ticket for next (...)

Steven Luatua: “If I can be physical for the whole 80 minutes then I will walk away happy.”

Blindside flanker Steven Luatua has been given the opportunity to impose himself on the Ireland pack as the All Blacks seek to end their season unb(...)

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(...)

Castres’ outhalf Remi Tales will start against the All Blacks.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a gamble in his team selection for Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks, picking the inexperienced outhalf(...)

New Zealand’s  Beauden Barrett gets through the tackle of South Africa fullback Zane Kirchner   to score the bonus point winning fourth try during the Rugby Championship match  at Ellis Park  in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 27 New Zealand 38: New Zealand claimed the Rugby Championship title after a breathless final against South Africa in Johannesburg.The lea(...)