New Zealand’s Damian McKenzie dives to score a try during the 1874 rugby cup match between the USA  and New Zealand  at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Photograph:  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

USA 14 New Zealand 104 New Zealand got back to winning ways as they romped to a record 104-14 victory over the United States in Washington on Saturda(...)

 FedEx Field  in Washington, DC. ‘They have the chance to play in their own country in a special stadium, that they don’t normally play in, and in front of a big crowd.’ Photograph: Jerry Driendl/Getty Images

New Zealand’s coach Ian Foster expects the United States to feed off the energy of their home crowd when the teams meet in Washington this weekend, he(...)

Damian McKenzie dives to score during New Zealand’s win over Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Brett Phibbs/Inpho

New Zealand 33 Australia 25 The All Blacks rode a second-half blitz to a 33-25 win over Australia but conceded late tries to flatter the Wallabies in(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy was the hero on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The 2020/21 season is going well if . . . After watching events unfold at the RDS on Friday we envisaged Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad for Paris conta(...)

The Highlanders celebrate after bryn Gatland’s last minute drop goal gave them victory over the Chiefs. Photograph: Marty Melville/Getty/AFP

Otago Highlanders 28 Waikato Chiefs 27 Replacement Bryn Gatland slotted a 79th minute drop goal to give the Otago Highlanders a 28-27 victory over hi(...)

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(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

Joey Carbery of Ireland reacts as he receives medical attention prior to being taken off. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 - the winners and losers This was shaping into the easiest analysis piece to write: Joey Carbery rips open the debate about pilla(...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

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