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(...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the last try of the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand’s media could have been forgiven for having their end of year tour reports in the bag even before kick-off so great were the perceived (...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

What can be said after that? A chance of history snatched from Ireland’s grasp at the death by the seemingly unstoppable All Blacks winning machine. (...)

Ireland’s Seán O’Brien tries to shrug off New Zealand’s  Luke Romano during the autumn international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien admitted his bitter disappointment after the heroic added-time defeat to New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.The All Blacks (...)

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(...)

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(...)