Daniel Carter passes the ball during a New Zealand training session at London Irish in London. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images United Kingdom. Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

There’s an aura about them alright. When the All Blacks make a team announcement it’s big news, and Steve Hansen was in his element when a huge media (...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen speaks during a  media session at the Oatlands Park hotel in Weybridge. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Steve Hansen doesn’t play the media game, he envelopes it with hard-nosed Kiwi honesty. This was a masterclass. The New Zealand coach quickly state(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

New Zeland prop Tony Woodcock has been ruled out of rest of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Afp

New Zealand prop Tony Woodcock has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a hamstring injury, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said on Saturday. Th(...)

Ma’a Nonu scored a try on his 100th New Zealand cap as the All Blacks eased past Tonga at St James’ Park. Photograph: Afp

New Zealand 47 Tonga 9 New Zealand duly booked their quarter-final place but the world champions are still to shake off the ring rust and look to have(...)

The New Zealand All Blacks during a gym session at Lensbury ahead of their World Cup opener. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The New Zealand 23-man match squad contains 11 players who will take part in their first Rugby World Cup match when the reigning champions take to the(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

The New Zealand team applaud Dan Carter off the field after he won his 100th Test cap against England at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Daniel Carter is likely to miss next Sunday’s meeting with Ireland in Dublin and begin his six-month break from rugby earlier tha(...)