New Zealand captain Fiao’o Faamausili,  raises the World Cup after victory over England in the final in Belfast.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand 41 England 32 A watershed moment like 1995, when professionalism took hold of male rugby, remains some way off. So where to from here? (...)

New Zealand celebrate winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Finalafter beating England at  the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New Zealand 41 England 32 The English machine derailed by wave upon crashing wave of blackness. A never ending night until we move to Hong Kong or p(...)

Hong Kong’s Jessica Ho makes a try-saving tackle on Portia Woodman of New Zealand during the Women’s Rugby World Cup match  at UCD. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

New Zealand 121 Hong Kong 0 Flying New Zealand winger Portia Woodman ran in eight tries as the Black Ferns put Hong Kong to the sword 121-0 in the se(...)

Dan Carter (centre) has been named the World Rugby player of the year for 2015. New Zealand won the team award. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has followed up his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s World Cup final by being crowned World Rugby player of t(...)

Sophie, Spence, pictured here in action against Scotland at Cumbernauld during the 2015 Six Nations campaign, has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year award. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland secondrow Sophie Spence has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2015. The 28-year-old played a key role as Irelan(...)