Dane Coles

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 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Sevu Reece of the Crusaders scores a try during the Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes in Christchurch. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders 30 Wellington Hurricanes 26 The Canterbury Crusaders just about remained on course for a 10th Super Rugby title when they outlas(...)

Ryan Crotty takes an offload from Dane Coles (not pictured) to score the winning try in the closing moments against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

For year upon year we heard Irish players talk of the motivation that went with the chance to make history, to be part of the first Irish team to beat(...)

 New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen shares a joke with with his players during the Captain’s Run at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the game against the Barbarians on Saturday. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Turns out we had it wrong all along. It’s not the cockroaches who will inherit the earth after the apocalypse, Steve Hansen will still be there too. A(...)

Brodie Retallick is the latest injury worry for New Zealand after he was ruled out of the Chiefs’ clash with the Highlanders on Friday night. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The All Blacks have a number of injury concerns in advance of head coach Steve Hansen announcing a squad of 33 or 34 players for their upcoming Test w(...)

All Black captain Kieran Read performs the haka during the International Test match between  New Zealand and Wales at Eden Park last June. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Isa Nacewa played for Auckland in the penultimate game of the last British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005 tour, when a late Ronan O’Gar(...)

Tommy Seymour, Maro Itoje and Tadhg Furlong. Itoje and Furlong are the sort of men who can help the modern Lions reach new heights.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History shows us that a Lions tour wastes no time taking an irreparable turn for the worst. This unique squad can only perform if the sum of its parts(...)

Sam Whitelock returns for the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

First choice locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick have returned from injury and been named in a beefed-up All Blacks side to face Ireland in Dubli(...)

Ireland celebrate Robbie Henshaw’s try at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

I know which camp I’d rather be in before the rematch. The Ireland starting XV will largely get a week off to recover physically and prepare for anot(...)

Outhalf Paddy Jackson is with the Ireland squad in Carton House having not travelled to Chicago. Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Jordi Murphy’s torn ACL in his left knee, which will sideline the Leinster flanker for between six and nine months, is the only disappointing legacy f(...)

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