Dan Carter and Richie McCaw pose after the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Reds at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photo: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Canterbury Crusaders ensured Dan Carter and Richie McCaw bid a fitting farewell to Christchurch in their final Super Rugby match in the city with an (...)

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw will play together for the last time for the Canterbury Crusaders. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has recovered from a head knock and returned to the Canterbury Crusaders squad for a Super Rugby clash against the Qu(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

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(...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)

New Zealand’s Conrad Smith  after scoring a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match against the Australian in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Australia 29 New Zealand 47: Winger Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as a ruthless New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship title defence with a six-tr(...)

 New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter will miss the start of the Rugby Championship

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter may miss up to a month of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship after aggravating an old calf injury in a blow for(...)

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter will take a six month break from the game. Photograph: Marty Melville/Inpho/Photosport

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter will take a six-month sabbatical following the All Blacks’ European tour in November.The 31-year-old, who is contracted(...)

 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)