Ireland’s win takes on greater significance given the World Cup context. A defeat would have been their fifth in a row against England, who are potential semi-final opponents. Photograph: Inpho 6:46

It’s funny how a newly opened or even a refurbished ground takes a while to assume a character of its own. The stands having barely been opened by a c(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland raises a smile whilst facing the media at the Wales RBS Six Nations Squad Announcement. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has a remarkable Six Nations coaching record and his ability to chisel out a psychological edge is among his many talents. Naming his (...)

Jerome Kaino’s try proved to be the game changer sparking a late Welsh capitulation

Wales 16 New Zealand 34World champions New Zealand staged a storming second-half display to dash Wales’ hopes of claiming a famous victory at the Mill(...)

Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

KD: You managed Ballintubber to the Mayo intermediate championship before the senior final in 2007. Do you remember that day?JH: Yeah. Against Kiltima(...)

New Zealand’s Keven Mealamu: will break Colin Meads’ record for a New Zealander of 361 first-class appearances if he appears as a substitute in Cardiff. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

It was the worst of times but it inspired the best of times. When New Zealand lost to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the Millenniu(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: “We’re all very proud of Richie,” says coach Steve Hansen. “He’s a straight up-and-downbloke who’s probably our greatest rugby player ever.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

It is 10 years since Steve Hansen finished his stint as Wales’s head coach and he is used to invitations to play mind games ahead of a return to the (...)

Dan Carter returns after nearly a year out as New Zealand take on Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Getty

Dan Carter will start his first Test in almost a year, and the captain Richie McCaw will play at blindside flanker for the first time, when New Zealan(...)

Ma’a Nonu is reported to have agreed a deal with Toulon.

New Zealand’s Ma’a Nonu will join European and French Top 14 champions Toulon after next year’s Rugby World Cup, according to a report in today’s Midi(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

 Semesa Rokoduguni passes the ball during an  England training session earlier this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for Saturday’s test against New Zealand at Twickenham. The uncapped Rokoduguni, a servin(...)