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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(...)

Last weekend, it seemed like Johnny Sexton was trying too hard not to annoy Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the main reservation about Johnny Sexton being made Irish captain was his history with referees. Let’s just say his on-field relationship with(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander in the Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match against Scotland last Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s time to talk about CJ. The presence of the Munster backrower in the Irish team seems to be bothering some people. “Stander is lucky to be there(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Adam Hastings of Scotland in their Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

I won’t lie. I went to the Aviva stadium on Saturday for one reason only: to watch Caelan Doris for 80 minutes. Could his arrival open up the 70 metr(...)

 Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

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 (...)

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am all had excellent tournaments. Photograph: Inpho

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) It’s too reactive to say that Barrett’s switch to fullback didn’t work on the basis of their semi-final exit, as Eng(...)

 England prop Mako Vunipola practices his reactions with vision awareness coaches Sherylle Calder (right) and Christi Botha during a training session  at Fuchu Asahi Football Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Potentially the most successful coach in the history of rugby union is hiding in plain sight. Maybe it is because she is a woman and gives relatively (...)

Owen Farrell is clapped off the pitch by the All Blacks after their semi-final victory. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

At the outset of this World Cup there was a feeling that a third New Zealand win in succession would not be great for the game. Yet the way they playe(...)

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