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 All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen during Thursday’s press conference in Auckland. Photograph: Getty Images

The impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one. Hansen, 59, announced his intention to ste(...)

 Australia head coach Michael Cheika  looks on during a training session   in Newport, Wales. Photograph: by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Preview: Australia v Wales  Principality Stadium, Saturday, 5.20  Live on TV: BBC2 When Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 Worl(...)

“To come home from winning a final and be able to play Munster in front of our home crowd at the RDS is something that not many teams get a chance to do.”

Scott Fardy has travelled a circuitous and lengthy route to being a World Cup finalist and European Cup winner. From Sydney and the Waratahs academy, (...)

Michael Cheika will remain as Australia coach until the 2019 World Cup in Japan at least. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has signed a contract extension through until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The former Leinster coach, who took o(...)

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Cheika (...)

Australia’s Captain Stephen Moore and Head Coach Michael Cheika after the Rugby World Cup Final Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

At the end they were the smiling giants. All around Twickenham, into Richmond and on to London the Kiwis laughed late into the night but everyone else(...)

 Michael Cheika arrives for the World Cup semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham. Cheika has led Australia to a first World Cup final in 12 years. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Listening to Michael Cheika calmly take all refereeing decisions on the chin, it’s been hard to equate this remodelled man with the coach who once ber(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)

Bernard Foley attributes big part of his development as a player to his involvement in Sevens rugby. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Bernard Foley chuckles while recounting a story about unsolicited advice he received at a family do the day after he’d struggled with his placekicking(...)

Fiji’s winger Nemani Nadolo reacts after losing theopening match of the Rugby World Cup to England. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Three-day breaks between games are far from ideal in rugby union. No time to rest, no time to heal. For that matter, no time for a concussed player(...)

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