Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

Sonny Bill Williams will start for the All Blacks against Argentina. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams will play his first Rugby Championship test of the year and prop Angus Ta’avao looks set to make his debut off the bench after St(...)

 Michael Cheika’s Australia team are desperate to build some momentum. Photograph: PA

An Australia side in desperate need of another Rugby Championship win to build some momentum come up against an Argentina team confident they have a c(...)

  New Zealand’s Kieran Read holds up the Championship trophy after victory over  Argentina at Jose Amalfitani Stadium  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph:  Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battl(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: has blooded some 30 players in the Test arena since the 2015 global showpiece. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika’s hopes of fielding a settled side during the Rugby Championship have been dented by a midfield injury blow but the Wal(...)

The Australia team celebrate a try against Argentina. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Australia 45-20 Argentina Australia scored five second-half tries to rally to their first victory of this year’s Rugby Championship with a 45-20 win (...)

 Oliver Jager  in action for Blackrock College in  the Leinster Senior Cup:  Jager is pursuing a professional rugby career in New Zealand with the Canterbury Crusaders.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three days after completing his Leaving Certificate, 17-year-old Oliver Jager was in New Zealand to embrace a new chapter in his life. He’d left eve(...)

France’s Guilhem Guirado should have been carded by referee Jaco Peyper after his late shoulder on Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: Inpho.

When the International Rugby Board and the Rugby World Cup organisers clamped down on high hits and clearing out around the neck at rucks during the 2(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For players and coaches, losing games of international rugby brings nothing but bad vibes. Most of the negativity of defeat is based around regret. (...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

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