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Johnny Sexton has said proposals for a rugby World League are ‘out of touch.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton has said reported plans for a new rugby World League to be launched in 2020 are “out of touch,” and potentially harmful to pla(...)

Lima Sopoaga during Wasps’ Champions Cup defeat to Leinster last October. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Daniel Carter joined Racing 92 after the 2015 World Cup, he was treated like rugby royalty. He arrived in Paris to a fanfare, introduced on a pri(...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his  try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

November Internationals: Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 - November 17th, Aviva Stadium Only one thing really rankled about the historic first win in Soldie(...)

Ben Smith has played 76 Tests for the All Blacks, making his debut in 2009 before being cast into the wilderness for three years. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith will leave New Zealand after next year’s World Cup in Japan and join French club Pau, New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday(...)

Kieran Read, 33, has said he is likely to leave New Zealand after the 2019 World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 92’s bid to sign the New Zealand captain Kieran Read after next year’s World Cup on a £1million-a-year contract could be gazumped if Premiershi(...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

The All Blacks’ Kieran Read receives medical treatment after 35 minutes against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. The aristocrats knew by then the scale of the battle they faced. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

A game of ghosts and a night on absolute fire. New Zealand rugby teams have been pitching tent in Ireland for 113 years off and on and it’s always b(...)

Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout. He took the game to New Zealand at every turn during the  historic night at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony smiling on national television. What’s rare is wonderful. We can’t hear him because the Fields of Athenry reverberates around the sta(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

 Bundee Aki and Ian Henderson celebrate at the final whistle of the autumn international against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

1. Line in the sand – Thou shall not pass New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick with Devin Toner of Ireland during the autumn international at the(...)

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