Richie McCaw is tackled during New Zealand’s unconvincing 58-14 win over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium 1:38

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14 Rarely has a 44-point defeat in rugby felt so much like a victory. But the smiles from Namibia’s players after this v(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper will be playing for his World Cup place when he faces New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday. Photo: Andrews Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Victor Vito and Quade Cooper are both playing for their World Cup places when the All Blacks and Wallabies clash in the defining Bledisloe Cup encount(...)

 New Zealand’s TJ Perenara is stopped in his tracks by a dogged Scottish defence. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Scotland 16 New Zealand 24Scotland pushed world champions New Zealand close before going down 24-16 at Murrayfield on Saturday night. Victor Vito gave(...)

 Conrad Smith of the All Blacks scores a late try against England despite Joe Marler’s best efforts  at Eden Park   in Auckland. Photograph:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

New Zealand 20 England 15 England slipped to a painful late defeat in their first Test against New Zealand knowing that a glorious opportunity (...)

 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 (...)