Leinster players James Lowe (left) and James Treacy at the launch of a picutre diary charting Leinster Rugby’s historic double winning season, on Monday, November 19th Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

To the trained eye of James Lowe, Ireland’s picture perfect performance against New Zealand could hang in the National Gallery. The aestheticisation o(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

Sonny Bill Williams will start for the All Blacks against Argentina. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams will play his first Rugby Championship test of the year and prop Angus Ta’avao looks set to make his debut off the bench after St(...)

New Zealand’s wing Waisake Naholo scores a try against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales 18 New Zealand 33 Wales suffered a 30th successive defeat against New Zealand as the world champion All Blacks ended their European tour in win(...)

Beauden Barrett crosses to score during New Zealand’s Rugby Championship win over Argentina. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand maintained their 100 per cent start to the Rugby Championship with a 39-22 bonus-point victory over plucky Argentina at Yarrow Stadium. T(...)

All Blacks’ Jordie Barrett  is tackled by “Lions of the Tour” Jonathan Davies  in the third Test match which ended in a 15-15 draw. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

NEW ZEALAND 15 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 As with the series, so with this draw. Regrets, they’ll each have a few, but the All Blacks will have mor(...)

Referee Romain Poite explains to All Blacks captain Kieran Read his decision not to award a penalty in the closing stages   of the third Test against the Lions at Eden park in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

There are 77 minutes, 54 seconds on the clock and, as the dogs in the street now know, it’s 15-all. Freeze-frame Beauden Barrett’s restart. Kieran Rea(...)

Jordie Barrett scores his try against the Lions on his first Test start. Photo:  Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Jordie Barrett - A 20-year-old with limitless potential but exposed behind the gainline by Jonathan Davies. Still, stunning leaps into the air, one wh(...)

Romain Poite blows the final whistle as the series is drawn. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15 The Americans would no doubt laugh at such an outcome. After 12 years of waiting, a tour of six weeks and(...)

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