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Newly named All Blacks captain Sam Cane at his home in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Images

A bull neck and surfeit of courage come in handy in rugby, and Sam Cane has relied heavily on both to overcome a horrifying injury and become the man (...)

Sam Cane has been announced as the new captain of the New Zealand rugby team. Photograph: Getty Images

Loose forward Sam Cane will take over from Kieran Read as All Blacks skipper, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Cane, who has played(...)

CJ Stander wins a penalty for Ireland in their Six Nations win over Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, for the first time ever rugby has been forced to adopt its oft-mooted and much debated global calendar albeit(...)

Beauden Barrett has accepted All Blacks stars will have to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New Zealand cancelled a string of this season’s lower tier provincial competitions on Monday “to help secure the future of the sport” after the corona(...)

Ian Foster with Steve Hansen during the Rugby World   Cup in Japan. Foster served as Hansen’s assistant for eight years. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

New Zealand’s wait for a new All Blacks head coach is over after Ian Foster, Steve Hansen’s former assistant, was promoted to the position on a two-ye(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

New Zealand Rugby has named Ian Foster as the new All Blacks head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ian Foster was appointed the new head coach of the All Blacks on Wednesday, promoted from his role as assistant under Steve Hansen to take up the rei(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the  Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some get to pen their own exits, be it Brian O’Driscoll to Derek Pender in our neck of the woods, or in Rugby World Cups most recently there was the A(...)

England defence coach John Mitchell Mitchell was briefly Ireland’s forwards coach in 1997.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Such is the crossover in coaches among what remains a relatively small rugby world at the elite level, it is not unusual for some of them to come up a(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure came to an end with Saturday’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Schmidt Happens He shook up the world order. Altered the way Irish rugby is perceived from Samoa to Bloemfontein. He gifted the most important people(...)

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