All Black captain Richie McCaw is expected to retire after the 2015 World Cup. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The luxury of selecting an extended All Blacks squad as he fine-tunes his final World Cup preparations has also allowed coach Steve Hansen to cast his(...)

Ulster Rugby’s new signing Charles Piutau. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino and outside back Charles Piutau will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season after being injured over the weeken(...)

All Black Aaron Cruden will miss the World Cup after injuring his knee. Photograph: Getty

All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden is almost certain to miss the World Cup after scans revealed the need for knee surgery that will sideline him for at (...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray kicks to the corner for Robbie Henshaw;s try against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So Steve Hansen believes we should be scoring more tries up here in the Six Nations. I have some sympathy for the All Black World Cup- winning coach. (...)

Dan Carter will become rugby’s highest paid player after singing a three-year contract with Racing Metro reportedly worth €1.6 million a year

World leading points scorer Daniel Carter will join French club Racing Metro on a three-year contract after next year’s World Cup, a move that will al(...)

  New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen poses after announcing his re-signing as coach. Photograph:  Mark Tantrum/Getty Images

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has signed a contract extension until 2017, ensuring he will remain in charge of the national side until after the Brit(...)

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter is being lined up as a possible replacement for Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

According to media reports in New Zealand and sources in Paris, Racing Metro 92 are expected to announce this week that Dan Carter will join them afte(...)

 All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

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(...)