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Beauden Barrett  during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at McLean Park  in Napier, New Zealand. Barrett is set to make his first start at outhalf against Argentina. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Playing smarter has been a key message the All Blacks have repeated in the build-up to their Rugby Championship clash with Argentina tomorrow, part(...)

 Ryan Crotty:  will make his first Test start for New Zealand at inside centre in place of the injured Ma’a Nonu. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the(...)

The Ireland women’s rugby squad on their captain’s run at FFR headquarters in Marcoussis, Paris, ahead of their World Cup pool game against world champions New Zealand at the same venue this evening. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Beckett was right and that’s probably all the Irish women’s rugby team can do (...)

 Manu Tuilagi  during  England training  at the Christchurch Club  in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi’s transition to international winger has been short lived with his reinstatement at centre for England’s third and final Test against New(...)

England’s  Manu Tuilagi: moves to the wing for the Second Test against New Zealand. Photo: David Rogers/Getty  Images

Next year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the underlying subtext of the second Test between New Zealand and England, although both sides have immediate poi(...)

Danny Care: scrumhalf in line to replace Leicester’s Ben Youngs in Dunedin.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Care has been passed fit for England in Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. The Harlequins scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury last wee(...)

“Why would we slow down a lineout . . . especially when we are chasing the game?” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s heroic effort in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland did not please everyone with local media blaming what they viewed as an orch(...)

Ireland’s Seán Cronin, Ian Madigan and Brian O’Driscoll after the defeat to Australia game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The worst part of being a professional rugby player is losing games. That probably seems like an obvious thing to say that but it’s still worth rememb(...)

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