Scott Fardy drives for the line against Scarlets. The Australian lock-cum-blindside has  made a huge impact at Leinster, as the likes of  Nathan Hines  or Brad Thorn did before him. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

James Lowe’s smile is infectious but this gifted Maori winger joined Leinster to play rugby. “I’m not a big fan of the word talent. I reckon, a bit l(...)

An injured Joey Carbery leaving the field  against Fiji. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only one thing in life worse than being talked about. A broken Joey Carbery disappears from view for now. Peni Ravai achieved on 60 minutes what Jale (...)

Codie Taylor scores New Zealand’s opening try against Scotland. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Scotland 17 New Zealand 22 A moment of New Zealand magic denied Scotland a famous victory in a pulsating contest at BT Murrayfield. With the game fi(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has 14 players unavailable and has to convince the remainder that the All Blacks are beatable. Photograph: Craig Brough/Rueters

Scotland v New Zealand, Murrayfield, 5.15pm - Live on BBC2 & BT Sport 2 New Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wi(...)

Bundee Aki during Ireland squad training at Carton House in Co Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Security isn’t a dirty word, Blackadder. Crevice is a dirty word, but security isn’t”. General Sir Anthony Hogmany C Melcett may be batty but at leas(...)

Australia celebrate their 23-18 victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane. Photograph: Dan peled/EPA

Australia 23 New Zealand 18 Australia produced a performance of huge character to beat New Zealand 23-18 and secure their first victory over the wor(...)

New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane   on his way to scoring a try during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa at Newlands  stadium  in Cape Town. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa 24 New Zealand 25 World champions New Zealand held off a spirited fight from hosts South Africa to complete their Rugby Championship c(...)

New Zealand’s  Waisake Naholo   is tackled by Argentina’s Joaquin Tuculet and Emiliano Boffelli. Photograph: Getty Images

Argentina 10 New Zealand 36 New Zealand celebrated their fifth Rugby Championship in six years with four tries in a devastating first half to beat Ar(...)

South Africa players look dejected during the heavy  Rugby Championship defeat to New Zealand at Albany Stadium in Auckland. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty

Exactly two years from now the next Rugby World Cup will kick off in Japan, and World Rugby are starting to twitch, judging by their public warnings t(...)

Beauden Barrett crosses to score during New Zealand’s Rugby Championship win over Argentina. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand maintained their 100 per cent start to the Rugby Championship with a 39-22 bonus-point victory over plucky Argentina at Yarrow Stadium. T(...)

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