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Jordie Barrett starts at outhalf for the All Blacks on Sunday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Utility back Jordie Barrett will make his first appearance at outhalf for the All Blacks against Namibia in their Pool B clash in Tokyo on Sunday, whi(...)

 Jordie Barrett, Scott Barrett and Beauden Barrett of New Zealand line up for the national ahead of their win over Canada. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 63 Canada 0 They came in their tens of thousands to see the one team that resonates here, New Zealand, queueing in their black jerseys in(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 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(...)

Commuters walking  past posters advertising the Rugby World Cup in the Tokyo district of Aoyama. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

A variation on an old one to begin with. How many Irish journalists does it take to negotiate a route by train from Chiba, an hour or so by rail to To(...)

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(...)

 Richie Mo’unga: he could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7th. Photograph: Photosport/Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Richie Mo’unga has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury but could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against (...)

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

Australia’s confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to co(...)

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(...)

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