Frank Bunce

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 Michael Ala’alatoa:  played 95 times in five years for the Crusaders, with three Super Rugby campaigns backed up by two Super Rugby Aotearoa crowns, so he brings an impressive CV to Leinster.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Ala’alatoa always had big shoes to fill, literally and figuratively. His father Vili was a tight-head prop who played for what was then Weste(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

Gary Halpin gives a two fingered salute after Ireland scored a try against New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever about this featuring in Ireland’s standout World Cup moments, the fact that it is also included on one particular New Zealand rugby website a(...)

Samoa’s Ahsee Tuala in action for Northampton Saints.Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

Samoa Who are they The news that Toulouse’s Joe Tekori has retired from international rugby to remain with the French club, in a bid to presumably e(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Past and present New Zealand players, including Tana Umaga, perform the haka at a public memorial service for Jonah Lomu. Photograph: Getty

A public memorial service to remember New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu took place at Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Monday. World Rugb(...)

Pat Lam had only just settled into life in Galway when he bumped into a few Samoans around town. He hadn’t expected to find any compatriots other than(...)