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 Richie Mo’unga: he could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7th. Photograph: Photosport/Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Richie Mo’unga has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury but could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against (...)

International Rugby Players association chief executive Omar Hassanein says players were never opposed to the concept of a world league. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Out of touch, money driven: late last February this combination of sound bites hit World Rugby’s unreleased plans for a Nations Championship. “To sug(...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

Ardie Savea impressed at number eight in New Zealand’s 20-16 victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires. Photograph:   Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images

Rugby Championship: New Zealand v Australia, Wellington Regional Stadium, 8.35am Irish time, Live Sky Sports Main Event & Action All Blacks capta(...)

Canterburt celebrates their Super Rugby final win over the Jaguares. Photograph:  Martin Hunter/Photosport/Inpho

Canterbury Crusaders 19 Jaguares 3 The Canterbury Crusaders soaked up the pressure from an enterprising Jaguares side to clinch their 10th Super Rugb(...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

Saracens: bounced back from the defeat to Leinster last year to claim a fourth Premiership crown since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

Kieran Read: “I feel like I’m in as good nick as I’ve been in my career. . .Right now, it’s time to get out there and do it on the field.”  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make his long-awaited return to the field on Friday as the Canterbury Crusaders face the Wellington Hurricanes in (...)

The Crusaders, coached by Ronan O’Gara, issued a statement  defending the name but later said they were open to initiating discussions about a change. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

The Canterbury Crusaders are open to discussing a potential name change following mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people. (...)

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