Ian Foster

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 France’s  Damian Penaud (right) celebrates with a team-mate after scoring a try against New Zealand during the ictory at  Stade de France in Saint-Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes his All Blacks team is improving despite suffering back-to-back losses against Ireland and France at the end of (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray, Caelan Doris, Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne celebrate a famous victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. File photograph: Inpho

When Ireland had the temerity to almost draw with the All Blacks in the second Test of their series in 2012, they paid for it in the third. The All B(...)

Richie Mo’unga will start at outhalf for New Zealand in Saturday night’s match against France at the Stade de France. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Richie Mo’unga will start at outhalf for New Zealand in their autumn international series Test against France in Paris on Saturday after Beauden Barre(...)

 Samu Kerevi, right,  of Australia in action against Wales during the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Hooper and team-mate Samu Kerevi led the nominations for the men’s player of the year while scrumhalf Antoine Dupont became (...)

Ireland’s James Lowe celebrates a penalty in the final seconds of the game against New Zealand at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

James Lowe enveloped Rieko Ioane in a bear hug tackle on 72 minutes near the halfway line as 51,700 people inhaled simultaneously. If the pass goes th(...)

James Lowe celebrates after making a tackle during the match between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Lo and behold, Ireland against New Zealand has become quite the rivalry, one of the best in the modern game. This third win in the last five meetings (...)

Ian Foster on the Aviva playing surface after full time. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

A stoic Ian Foster gave credit to Ireland after the third win ever over the All Blacks in more than 100 years but hit some sour notes with the referee(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter faces the Haka before the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Today, the Irish players have been given the rare gift of testing themselves against the best team on the planet - New Zealand. On the wide expanses (...)

Ireland players celebrate Jacob Stockdale scoring a try during the win over New Zealand in 2018. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Only the All Blacks could be sitting on 12 wins from 13 Tests in 2021 and fretting that their season will have the taint of failure clinging to it sho(...)

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster during their training session at UCD Bowl on Thursday. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster is clearly relishing the prospect of a different type of Test, in every sense, than they’ve experienced so far in an(...)

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