Lima Sopoaga: “I do think that things are starting to change and players are starting to wise up. They realise that it’s a business these days.” Photograph: Joe Allison/Inpho/Photosport

When Johnny Sexton looks across the scrum to Lima Sopoaga tonight, he may think to himself ‘yep know how you feel’. Wasps’ marquee summer signing pla(...)

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(...)

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

The day that shook the world, a year out from the World Cup. Whatever way you look at it, Saturday’s unlikely double away win in the Rugby Championshi(...)

 South Africa’s Jesse Kriel  celebrates victory over New Zealand in the Rugby Championship game at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen proved that hindsight is always perfect on Sunday and said his side probably should have taken the opportunity to attemp(...)

Jordan Larmour: “The things in my game that need work, I want to try and bring them up and be more of a rounded player.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

As namechecks go being likened in style on a rugby pitch to New Zealand’s will-o’-the-wisp Damian McKenzie is certainly not a hardship especially when(...)

There’s a lot of excitement over Richie Mo’unga getting his chance in the All Blacks number 10 jersey. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand v Argentina When: Saturday 8.35am Irish time Where: Trafalgar Park, Nelson (capacity: 21,480 with temporary seats) Referee: Pascal Gauzere(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander makes one of his 15 carries in Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

Man of match CJ Stander has been Ireland’s best player in 2018. Yes, the rise of phenomenal home-grown St Michael’s boys Dan Leavy and James Ryan has(...)

Reiko Ioane scores one of his three second half tries against France. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

New Zealand 49 France 14 Winger Rieko Ioane scored three tries while Damian McKenzie crossed twice in a full display of his attacking abilities as th(...)

Ben Fall is shown an early red card for a tackle on Beauden Barrett. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

New Zealand 26 France 13 An early red card to France fullback Ben Fall ensured the All Blacks sealed a 26-13 victory in the second test at Wellington(...)

Rieko Ioane scores for New Zealand during the first Test against France at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand 52 France 11 A questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thum(...)

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