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Leinster’s Ross Byrne reacts after kicking a penalty to take the lead over Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final a, Aviva Stadium, Dublin in March 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble had enough belief in himself to make a game-altering tackle during Ireland’s monumental victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Novem(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

New Zealand Rugby has named Ian Foster as the new All Blacks head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ian Foster was appointed the new head coach of the All Blacks on Wednesday, promoted from his role as assistant under Steve Hansen to take up the rei(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton lines up alongside Conor Murray prior to the Pool A win over Samoa. Photograph: Getty Images

For the 34-year-old World Player of the Year this, finally, is the big one. Picked on the bench against Wales in 2011 and ruled out through injury aga(...)

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

Australia’s confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to co(...)

 Maro Itoje in action during England’s   victory over South Africa at Twickenham stadium last Saturday. Photograph: EPA

England have told Maro Itoje to get in the faces of the All Blacks on Saturday despite mounting concerns over his discipline. With the tough-tackling (...)

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(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

France coach Jacques Brunel at a press conference in Auckland ahead of his side’s clash with the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images

The outcome of Saturday’s first Test between the All Blacks and France could well be determined by who copes best with their lengthy injury lists as b(...)

Fiona Coghlan: acted as a World Cup ambassador during last year’s tournament in Dublin and Belfast.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An Irish woman will be added to the World Rugby council. The IRFU have confirmed that John O’Driscoll and Pa Whelan will be joined by a third person,(...)

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