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Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I am aghast that people are turning on New Zealand because they are, to me, still the best team in the world.” Photograph: Getty Images

A week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffered their record defeat by a (...)

Australia’s David Pocock looks on during squad training   in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia are expected to give David Pocock until the last possible moment to prove his fitness for Saturday’s encounter with England after it emerged(...)

England coach Eddie Jones with Dylan Hartley during training at Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Sometimes international sport feels less like a game than a game show. Supply the right answers under pressure and you can stay. Get it wrong and you (...)

 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(...)

 Owen Farrell, restored by Eddie Jones at outhalf,  sprints with England team-mates during their warm weather training  in Vilamoura, Portugal this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

The opening Autumn International fixture against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday will, if nothing else, reveal the true extent of English rugby(...)

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus during a team training session at Latymer Lower School, England, on October 29th. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

There are a few words you might choose to use about England’s pack before you land on the one South Africa’s Warren Whiteley settled on. “Nice” was wh(...)

 Dylan Hartley: “Test rugby is a different animal but top-flight European rugby, which those guys have been playing, is a pretty good level.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Never have England prepared for a Twickenham international so far from home nor entered an autumn series with so many experienced forwards missing. (...)

 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(...)

  New Zealand’s Kieran Read holds up the Championship trophy after victory over  Argentina at Jose Amalfitani Stadium  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph:  Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battl(...)

 Eddie Jones:  the England head coach saw his team blow an early  24-3 lead before they  eventually  lost 42-39.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Losing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen years ago Jones led Au(...)

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