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All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith: ‘I love this team and want to do everything I can to help them succeed.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Known as the Professor, he provides much of the spark within the current All Blacks brains trust, and has been doing so now for most of the last two d(...)

  Dan Carter at the launch of SoftCo10, a leading provider of financial software.

There will be no history mentioned prior to the meeting in the aptly named Soldier Field. The New Zealand team have a unique kind of detachment. A sof(...)

Ireland replacement outhalf Joey Carbery trains yesterday at the University of Chicago ahead of Saturday Test with New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

For Joe Schmidt, this is always the special one. No games are more daunting, and no games come bigger than against his native New Zealand. He’s a t(...)

Donnacha Ryan in the Grand Salon in Chicago: “It is a novelty, a different, unique environment for us all.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“The child grows out of you.” Until you land in Chicago and see the place bursting with joy for their beloved Cubs. Until you catch sight of the migh(...)

Jerome Kaino playing with local children at Smith Park, Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

In another world, Jerome Kaino could have run out in Chicago on Friday in a USA shirt to face the New Zealand Maori. As it is, he is now 75 times an A(...)

 All Black Charles Piutau and former Ireland International Stephen Ferris were in The Helix Theatre in Dublin  to officially launch the historic ‘Rugby Weekend’ event in Chicago, presented by AIG Insurance. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The news this week that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been questioned by the PSNI in relation to alleged sex offences will hardly have contrib(...)

Warren Gatland says he was “embarrassed” by sections of the New Zealand fans in last month’s win over Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The New Zealand Herald have mocked up Warren Gatland as a clown, following the remarks made by the British & Irish Lions coach on Tuesday regardin(...)

Ryan Crotty of the All Blacks scores the match winning try at the Aviva Stadium in 2013. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ryan Crotty hopes to break Irish hearts all over again when New Zealand take on Joe Schmidt’s side in Chicago this weekend. The versatile All Black a(...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland will fly to America on Friday to watch the Maoris play the USA and then Ireland face an All Black team he believes has taken the game (...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien tries  to get past Dave Heffernan and Craig Ronaldson of Connacht during Leinster’s 24-13 win in the Guinness Pro12 at the RDS, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Working off last week’s 34-man playing squad, a travelling party of 27 players will fly to Chicago on Monday for next Saturday’s historic, if dauntin(...)

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