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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton is yellow-carded by referee Wayne Barnes at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When it was confirmed that Wayne Barnes was refereeing Saturday’s stand-out match of the November window between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva,(...)

 New Zealand ’s Beauden Barrett during training on Tuesday at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The warm interface with the team today is Beauden Barrett. Poster boy for outhalf excellence, Ronan O’Gara’s pick as influencer, World Player of the Y(...)

Dan Leavy and James Ryan celebrate victory over England in Twickenham. They two of the new breed – used to winning silverware. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland must get used to being world leaders. This cultural movement is happening before our eyes. Saturday against these All Blacks could provide the(...)

Andy Farrell: “I think fear drives players like that because they want to perform against the best.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In addition to hosting the All Blacks again in November 2021, Ireland are in line to tour New Zealand for a three-Test series in 2022. It will be Irel(...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

 England head coach Eddie Jones after his side narrowly defeated South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham, London. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As Eddie Jones was keen to stress, there is a big difference between knowing how to beat New Zealand and actually doing it. “It’s not like Pythagoras’(...)

 South Africa’s Siya Kolisi during the captain’s run at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph:  Paul Childs/Reuters

There is only one man still playing the game who knows what it is like to lead a team to victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand – Siya Kolisi. The(...)

David Kilcoyne:  there’s now a subtlety and awareness to his ball carrying that hasn’t been there in previous campaigns. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The greatest sound you will ever hear is the sound of your own name. I heard mine this week so here I am! Forty two Irish players heard theirs last we(...)

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen  and Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika.  “Today we’re playing 14 or 15 Test matches alone and you just can’t ask the same people to do it all the time,” said Hansen. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

When New Zealand face Japan in Tokyo on Saturday, the All Blacks will be thousands of miles away. Dress it up any way you like but by announcing a sq(...)

 South Africa’s Malcolm Marx is tackled by New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read who returns to the side having missed the game against Argentina. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

South Africa v New Zealand, Pretoria, Saturday, 4.05pm South Africa harbour high hopes of a rare double over New Zealand as this year’s Rugby Champio(...)

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