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Flyhalf Stephen Donald of the All Blacks kicks a penalty in 2011  Rugby World Cup Final  between France and New Zealand in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

Stephen Donald kicked the winning penalty that secured New Zealand an 8-7 victory over France in the 2011 World Cup final on home soil, bringing to an(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Reece Hodge of Australia celebrates his try during the 2019 Rugby Championship test match between Australia and  New Zealand last Saturday. Photograph:  James Worsfold/Getty Images

Uneasy lies the crown. The feeling that this year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the most openly competitive in yonks, perhaps ever, was strengthened by t(...)

Beauden Barrett in action against South Africa during the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty

New Zealand Who are they The All Blacks head to Japan looking to secure an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup on the bounce, after their long-await(...)

Warren Gatland is to take charge of Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs but will also coach the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Warren Gatland is to split his role as British and Irish Lions coach with a new job in Super Rugby in charge of the Chiefs. Gatland has agreed a four-(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last year was the greatest 12 months in the history of Irish rugby. After the extreme highs of a Grand Slam, a winning series in Australia and defeati(...)

 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(...)

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A hike out from London city, the wooded Pennyhill Park Hotel was England’s 120 acre, 2015 World Cup bolthole. Nestled into the folds of suburban Surr(...)

Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock and Tadhg Beirne in action during the captain’s run at the  Aviva stadium on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid all the heightened speculation regarding Joe Schmidt’s future beyond the next World Cup, and the distinct impression that he will return to New Z(...)

Steve Hansen with Joe Schmidt before Ireland’s win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Steve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching ranks after the 2019 Wor(...)

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