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 Richie Mo’unga: he could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7th. Photograph: Photosport/Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Richie Mo’unga has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury but could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against (...)

Sevu Reece celebrates scoring the All Blacks’ fourth try against the Wallabies. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

New Zealand 36 Australia 0 New Zealand bounced back from their record Test defeat to thrash Australia 36-0 in Auckland. Australia had beaten New Zea(...)

Australia outhalf Christian Lealiifano, supported by Kurtley Beale,  runs the ball during the  Rugby Championship match against New Zealand at Optus Stadium  in Perth. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

At is zenith, rugby is a game requiring supreme strategy. The top eight teams in the world are so closely matched that only those who can execute a t(...)

Australia players celebrate during the Bledisloe Cup game against New Zealand in Perth. Photograph:   James Worsfold/Getty Images

Ireland could jump to the top of the world rankings for the first time without breaking sweat this weekend if a combination of results go their way in(...)

James O’Connor retains the number 13 jersey for the Wallabies against the All Blacks. Photograph: James Worsfold/Getty

Australia coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the team that produced a record victory over the All Blacks last weekend and made only one injury-e(...)

Reece Hodge of Australia celebrates his try during the 2019 Rugby Championship test match between Australia and  New Zealand last Saturday. Photograph:  James Worsfold/Getty Images

Uneasy lies the crown. The feeling that this year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the most openly competitive in yonks, perhaps ever, was strengthened by t(...)

 Scott Barrett of New Zealand is shown a red card in Perth. Photograph: Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The All Blacks have rarely been at their best in the southern hemisphere championship in World Cup years and coach Steve Hansen is not about to push t(...)

 Nic White of the Wallabies dives over for a try against New Zealand. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia 47 New Zealand 26 Australia gave themselves a huge boost ahead of the World Cup when they stunned a New Zealand side reduced to 14 men for (...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

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