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(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams returns to the New Zealand side for the Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Centre Sonny Bill Williams was recalled to the All Blacks team on Wednesday for their opening Rugby Championship match against Australia after serving(...)

Steve Hansen: “I always find it amusing when people tell us they’re going to beat us up in the tight five,”. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s an immutable truth that anyone who says “I don’t mean to brag” is about to do exactly that, just as the words “with the greatest respect” will su(...)

Chiefs’ James Lowe celebrates a  try: “We’re bound by blood so there’s something a bit more in that. This is a team where you’re brothers before you put on this shirt, before you put on this fern.” Photograph: Marty Melville/Photosport/Inpho

The Maori-Lions game has particular intrigue for Leinster fans. Three of their number are in the Lions’ starting line-up, Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien (...)

Maori All Blacks perform the haka before facing Munster in November 2016. Photo: Getty Images

To some it generates a shiver down the spine, establishing a connection with the spiritual self easily overlooked these days. To others the word haka (...)

The Lions will be reacquainted with Rieko Ioane when they face the New Zealand Maori on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

The All Blacks’ Blues brothers, so to speak, Akira Ioane and Rieko Ioane, along with dynamic Chiefs’ scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow have all been inclu(...)

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