Eddie Jones has moved from coaching the Japanese national rugby team which defeted South Africa during the recent 2015 Rugby World Cup to the Stormers. Photograph: Getty Images

The odds on Eddie Jones becoming the next England head coach continue to tumble, but the Stormers are adamant their new boss will remain in Cape Town.(...)

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 (...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup following his side’s victory over Australia in the World Cup final at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

That was the 2015 World Cup that was, and by any yardstick, it was the best so far. Record tickets, record television audiences, the revenue target of(...)

“The family are incredibly excited,” says France-bound Paul O’Connell. “They don’t care about my injuries. They just want to make sure we go.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A player who has come to the end of his Irish career is beginning another. Paul O’Connell wants to be with Toulon when European competition shortly co(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter  with the Webb Ellis Cup after the All Blacks’ victory over  Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Not like this. That’s what Dan Carter thought when writhing in agony on home soil four years ago. It can’t end at a training session on the eve of the(...)

Kieran Read and his captain Richie McCaw raise the William Webb Ellis trophy into the air at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Back-to-back World Cups with perhaps the greatest team of all time. How to follow that, especially on foot of five of the great All Blacks individu(...)

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 (...)

Steve Hansen has been mentoring Canterbury players, and by extension many an All Black, even before Richie McCaw joined the Crusaders. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

After the father came the son. Des Hansen, who passed away the week of the 2012 Bledisloe Cup decider in Brisbane, was one of Christchurch and the Mar(...)

New Zealand’s Richie McCaw is tackled by Australia’s David Pocock during the 2015 Rugby Championship. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

THE BREAKDOWN Richie McCaw Position: Flanker. Age: 34. Height: 1.87m/6’ 2”. Weight: 107kg/16st 12lbs. Caps: 147 (27 tries) Why he’s so importan(...)