Ireland’s Conor Murray, Caelan Doris, Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne celebrate a famous victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. File photograph: Inpho

When Ireland had the temerity to almost draw with the All Blacks in the second Test of their series in 2012, they paid for it in the third. The All B(...)

James Ryan will play a third-consecutive Test match in as many weeks on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The summer may play rough and fast on his sense of competitive spirit. But for James Ryan missing out on the Lions tour was also a story of unintended(...)

New Zealand perform the Haka before the Autumn Nations Series match against Wales at Principality Stadium, Cardiff last Saturday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

At face value, New Zealand don’t appear to be especially match-hardened for the two defining fixtures of their end-of-year tour, although the three ma(...)

Ardie Savea runs with the ball during the second Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand 57 Australia 22 The All Blacks overwhelmed Australia with a record 57-22 drubbing in Auckland on Saturday to make a winning start to the (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton with his World Rugby Player of the Year 2018 award. File photograph: Inpho

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is one of eight nominees for World Rugby’s Player of the Decade award. The other nominees are Richie McCaw, Tierry Dusat(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

Irish players are cared for better than any other team in the world, so where were they at psychologically?  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As the nightmare unfolded I kept hearing two voices in my head. Over and over again came the words of Shane Lowry and Steve Hansen. “Nobody tells you(...)

Iain Henderson and James Ryan: will start together for the first time against New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the Chicago win was the one which finally made history, a few things made the Dublin win seem even better. Firstly, it was on home soil in fr(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

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(...)

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