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(...)

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(...)

Tom Taylor, who replaces injured outhalf Aaron Cruden,  in action during a New Zealand training session in Wellington. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Tom Taylor will make his Test debut when New Zealand look to seal the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th successive season on Saturday in their Rugby Champion(...)

 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)