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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen will step down after next year’s World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen will step down at the conclusion of next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan after deciding the job needed “fresh eyes(...)

Ireland celebrate as  Jacob Stockdale scores the game’s only try. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Late, late Saturday night, when finally emptied from the Aviva Stadium, there wasn’t a rugby player among us. Despite being in the company of Liam To(...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan during training ahead of the Guinness Series clash with the USA. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jack Conan is far from self pity. But you can feel his pain. He’s been doing what he can, doing a fine job. But sometimes the rugby life deals you a h(...)

The All Blacks’ Kieran Read receives medical treatment after 35 minutes against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. The aristocrats knew by then the scale of the battle they faced. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

A game of ghosts and a night on absolute fire. New Zealand rugby teams have been pitching tent in Ireland for 113 years off and on and it’s always b(...)

New Zealand players stand dejected at the end of the game. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The stands had barely emptied at the Aviva stadium before the mind games started afresh in the bowels deep below. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen – per(...)

 Ireland   coach Joe Schmidt shakes hands with New Zealand coach Steve Hansen at the Aviva in 2016. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt Age: 53  Home town: Woodville (aka The Junction)  Claim to fame as player: Busy winger for Manawatu who faced the touring Frenc(...)

New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick winning a lineout ball against England at Twickenham on November 10th. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

There’s no doubt that the All Blacks were missing two of the main cogs in the machine two years ago in Chicago. One was Sam Whitelock and the other wa(...)

Kieran Read speaks to the media on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Feels like the circus is in town. New Zealand’s greatest export is not sheep it’s their cherished All Blacks. Mean and hungry, they come among us. S(...)

New Zealand  coach Steve Hansen: “He’s pretty good, Joe, at finding a trick or two, so we’ll be expecting one or two coming our way on Saturday.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt, the current and what seems increasingly likely future coach of the All Blacks, conduct business in radically different w(...)

Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion with  Ireland fan Jennifer Malone at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bundee Aki was a contender. The 28-year-old could well be an All Black by now. It certainly looked possible when he seamlessly filed a sizeable gap l(...)

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