Workers at Auckland International Airport perform a haka in honour of the All Blacks, who returned to New Zealand with the Webb Ellis cup. Photograph: TVNZ/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of fans turned out at Auckland airport yesterday to welcome home the World Cup-winning All Blacks. Ground crew for national carrier Air New (...)

Dan Carter (centre) has been named the World Rugby player of the year for 2015. New Zealand won the team award. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has followed up his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s World Cup final by being crowned World Rugby player of t(...)

Sonny Bill Williams offloads to Ma’a Nonu, who shredded the Australia defence to score New Zealand’s second try of the final. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 So sometimes sport leaves no room for argument and does do perfect finales after all. The best team of the last fou(...)

New Zealand’s fly half Dan Carter holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Dan Carter admitted he could hardly have a better ending to his glittering international career after his man-of-the-match performance helped the All (...)

Francois Louw  and  Richie McCaw shake hands at the end of the World Cup semi-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

World Rugby have confirmed that Richie McCaw will not be cited for the incident with South Africa’s Francois Louw in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s sem(...)

New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has said South Africa represent the All Blacks’ ‘ultimate rival’ ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup smei-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has described World Cup semi-final opponents South Africa as the All Blacks’ “ultimate rival.” The southern hemisphere(...)

Thierry Dusautoir has rejected reports of a French rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has dismissed claims of a rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-Andre on the eve of their World Cup quarter-final ag(...)

The New Zealand All Blacks during a gym session at Lensbury ahead of their World Cup opener. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The New Zealand 23-man match squad contains 11 players who will take part in their first Rugby World Cup match when the reigning champions take to the(...)

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 (...)

 Richie McCaw will become the most capped test player in international rugby history this weekend. Photograph: EPA

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has downplayed his own personal milestone ahead of the Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia on Saturday and wants his si(...)