All Black legend and AIG ambassador Richie McCaw with a Dublin GAA jersey. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Richie McCaw has lent his imprimatur to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt one-day fulfilling that role with the All Blacks. New Zealand’s recently retired ca(...)

New Zealand will return to Dublin on November 19th next year as part of Ireland’s 2016 Guinness series. Photograph: Getty

The IRFU have confirmed their Guinness Series for November 2016, which will include games at the Aviva Stadium against the World Champions New Zealand(...)

New Zealand’s hooker Dane Coles has been compared to a young Keith Wood. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan Crotty’s try in overtime to beat Ireland in November 2013 doesn’t get any easier to watch. But it’s instructive to recall the key play and try(...)

Paul O’Connell  leads the Ireland Captain’s Run at  Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against  Wales. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has refused to get sidetracked by what he calls “the long goodbye”. As the Irish captain prepares to line out against Wales on Saturda(...)

 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 (...)