New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga  and teamates take part in a training session in Koto on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

As the thunderstorms gather for the weekend hereabouts, there has simply never been a thunderous collision on the opening weekend of a World Cup to co(...)

All Blacks’ Sevu Reece celebrates his try with Beauden Barrett in the 2019 Investec Rugby Championship at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday. Photograph: Marty Melville/Inpho/Photosport

The Rugby Championship crown may have rested uneasily on their heads, but the Bledisloe Cup still sits snugly in place. Steve Hansen has always mainta(...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams in action during the Rugby Championship draw with the Springboks. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty

Sonny Bill Williams has fired a broadside at media for reporting that his position in the All Blacks squad is “under pressure” ahead of the World Cup (...)

Ngani Laumape is looking to seize his Rugby World Cup chance when the All Blacks face Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Marty Melville

Rugby Championship, Saturday July 20th, Argentina v New Zealand, Buenos Aires (Sky Sports Action, kick-off 7.05pm) A lingering hamstring injury to So(...)

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 (...)

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