David Pocock (centre) impressed on his first start for Australia in more than two years in Saturday’s Rugby Championship match    in Mendoza. Photograph: Andres Larrovere/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina 9 Australia 34 Australia coach Michael Cheika has moved quickly to dampen expectations of a long-awaited upset of the All Blacks, saying the(...)

Ben Smith (L) of the All Blacks on his way to score a try past Willie le Roux of the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2015. Photo: EPA/Nic Bothma

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw grabbed a late winning try as the All Blacks edged South Africa 27-20 in a gripping test match at Ellis Park on Satur(...)

Richie McCaw of New Zealand during the Rugby Championship clash against Argentina last weekend in Christchurch. Photograph: Reuters.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will play for potentially the last time in what he considers the “ultimate” challenge of a Rugby Championship Test a(...)

All Blacks celebrates a try against Argentina during their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Outhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their All Blacks debuts against South Africa on Saturday after being named in the starting si(...)

Victor Matfield is an injury doubt for South Africa ahead of their upcoming New Zealand game. Photograph: EPA

South Africa’s injury woes continue unabated with captain Victor Matfield and flank Marcell Coetzee serious doubts for the Rugby Championship clash wi(...)

Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Waisake Naholo briefly ignited, gliding past four Argentinian bodies before two tacklers hauled the 102kg winger to earth. “You might not think he’s m(...)

New Zealand’s All Blacks players perform the haka before their Rugby Championship match against Argentina at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

New Zealand stepped up their World Cup preparations to secure a bonus-point 39-18 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener in Christ(...)

New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams starts against Argentina. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The All Blacks pack has another chance to shake out the cobwebs while a potentially game-breaking combination will be blooded in midfield when New Ze(...)

They are grand times indeed when Ireland can beat France by seven points, extend a winning streak to nine games and still not everybody is entirely(...)

Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)

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