Dan Carter is one of a number of All Blacks who had to return to New Zealand in order to represent the side again. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand have no intention of following Australia’s lead and allowing players based at foreign clubs to play for the All Blacks, rugby chief Steve (...)

  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 out half dan Carter taking a carry against Ireland with Alan Quinlan making a tackle. The All Black is again injured and unavailable for the All Blacks. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Daniel Carter’s ‘annus horribilis’ continued when a calf injury ruled the All Black outhalf out of Canterbury’s provincial clash with Tasman on Saturd(...)

 Dan Carter: the New Zealand outhalf has just returned from a knee injury. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The three major southern hemisphere nations are set to lose a number of their leading players to French clubs after next year’s World Cup. The Racing (...)

Sonny Bill Williams may line out for Counties Manukau this weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Dual international Sonny Bill Williams could make his return to New Zealand rugby as early as this weekend with provincial team Counties Manukau roll(...)

Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes runs over the defence of Nick Frisby of the Reds during their Super Rugby match last weekend.

Super Rugby’s latest plans for restructuring are likely to see it expand outside the southern hemisphere and could potentially lay the groundwork for (...)

 Israel Dagg of the All Blacks (pictured) and his team-mate Cory Jane  were disciplined for drinking during the World Cup in 2011. Photograph : Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has denied accusations of a ‘cover-up’ after revealing that All Blacks backs Cory Jane and Israel Dagg (...)

Brian O’Driscoll in UCD in 1998. He shifted between outhalf and centre when playing for the college.Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

In 1996 Lee Smith walked onto the UCD campus while out for a stroll, a gentle orientation process in a new environment, and on a whim, enquired(...)

 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 (...)