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New Zealand may not lure as many Irish as its Aussie neighbour, but its more temperate climate, lush green scenery and lower cost of living make it an(...)

Colin Meads in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Few sportsmen or sportswomen have so defined their country as did Colin Meads, the former New Zealand rugby captain, who has died at the age of 81. A (...)

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(...)

Connacht’s captain Craig Clarke after last week’s victory over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Connacht announced they had signed Craig Clarke, the eyes of their supporters must have lit up. It was a statement of intent. Here was a co-capta(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy shows his disappointment after the narrow defeat by Scarlets at the Sportsgrund. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 21 Scarlets 24Frustrations mount for Pat Lam’s Connacht after they suffered a seventh defeat on the trot in the Rabo Pro 12. The latest loss (...)

 Craig Clarke (left),  in the colours of previous club the Chiefs after winning the Super Rugby final  against   the Brumbies at Waikato Stadium  last  August, will skipper Connacht against Treviso tonight.  Photograph:  Hannah Johnston/Getty Images.

Pat Lam has made an interesting choice in making lock Craig Clarke captain for tonight’s meeting. The former “Baby Black”, Taranaki and Canterbury pla(...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)