Ian Foster

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New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga  and teamates take part in a training session in Koto on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

As the thunderstorms gather for the weekend hereabouts, there has simply never been a thunderous collision on the opening weekend of a World Cup to co(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki in  action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jean Kleyn’s inclusion in the World Cup squad may have revived the debate, but for some reason Bundee Aki’s presence in the Irish team seems to cop mo(...)

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(...)

Ngani Laumape is looking to seize his Rugby World Cup chance when the All Blacks face Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Marty Melville

Rugby Championship, Saturday July 20th, Argentina v New Zealand, Buenos Aires (Sky Sports Action, kick-off 7.05pm) A lingering hamstring injury to So(...)

Warren Gatland will coach the Lions on the 2021 tour of South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Warren Gatland’s verbal agreement to head the Lions for a third successive tour will give him time to consider his options after spending the last 12 (...)

Robbie Henshaw: England will target Ireland’s fullback who hasn’t played in the specialised position for club or country in four years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England perform at their best when there is blood dripping off their chins from a swollen nose that has just been joyously smacked. In last year’s ch(...)

 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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is reported to have  turned down an offer to join the New Zealand coaching ticket last year. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt turned down an approach to join the All Blacks coaching (...)

Cantebury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson pictured with assistant Ronan O’Gara. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will wait for New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen to make a decision on his future before taking a “good l(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Ian Henderson celebrate at the final whistle Photograph: Gary Carr/INPHO

When the cameras panned in on Irish players such as Rory Best and Peter O’Mahony at the end of Saturday’s epic win over the All Blacks, there in the b(...)

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