Richie McCaw picked up a record 142nd Test cap in New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand 41 Australia 13 New Zealand roared to a 41-13 win at an emotional Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup against an Australia side who had (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland’s key World Cup pool game against France in Cardiff. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s potentially pivotal Rugby World Cup pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, October 11th, will be refereed by everyon(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Glasgow’s Al Kellock lifts the Guinness Pro 12 trophy afteer the Scottish side’s victory over Munster at Ravenhill. Photo:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Glasgow 31 Munster 13 Glasgow became the first Scottish side to carry off the Pro 12 League trophy that even the diehard Munster fans that arrived to(...)

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is shown a yellow card and sinbinned by referee Romain Poite during the European Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As one Connacht player put it, when you’re at the bottom of the food chain you get dry bread. It’s often said in team sports that the perceived ‘bigge(...)

 Paddy Butler scores Munster’s  third try in the Guinness Pro 12 play-off at  Thomond Park. Photo:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Ospreys 18 Wild celebrations yes, but relief wasn’t the half of it as Munster nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before then s(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell salutes the crowd after the Guinness Pro 12 semi-final at  Thomond Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell acknowledged that the Pro 12 semi-final win over Ospreys was probably his last match for Munster in Thomond Park. The Ireland and Lion(...)

Munster will again look to get to grips with Ospreys’ Rhys Webb, who has been one of the form half-backs of the PRO12 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Two long-standing Irish-Welsh rivals, and two organisations desperately hungry for some silverware. The three-time champions against the four-time cha(...)

For the Thomond Park x-factor to come into play on Saturday, Anthony Foley admits there will need to be a good deal more supporters in situ come the less than ideal 2.30pm kick-off.

Time was when the prospect of an end-of-season play-off at Thomond Park would have whet the juices like no other fixture and next Saturday’s Guinness(...)