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New Zealand centre Ryan Crotty  celebrates after scoring a try during the match against France at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Photograph:   Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

France 18 New Zealand 38 France were given a reminder of how far they still are from a maiden World Cup title when they were humbled 38-18 in Paris b(...)

 New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen shares a joke with with his players during the Captain’s Run at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the game against the Barbarians on Saturday. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Turns out we had it wrong all along. It’s not the cockroaches who will inherit the earth after the apocalypse, Steve Hansen will still be there too. A(...)

New Zealand’s  Waisake Naholo   is tackled by Argentina’s Joaquin Tuculet and Emiliano Boffelli. Photograph: Getty Images

Argentina 10 New Zealand 36 New Zealand celebrated their fifth Rugby Championship in six years with four tries in a devastating first half to beat Ar(...)

All Blacks’ Jordie Barrett  is tackled by “Lions of the Tour” Jonathan Davies  in the third Test match which ended in a 15-15 draw. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

NEW ZEALAND 15 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 As with the series, so with this draw. Regrets, they’ll each have a few, but the All Blacks will have mor(...)

Referee Romain Poite explains to All Blacks captain Kieran Read his decision not to award a penalty in the closing stages   of the third Test against the Lions at Eden park in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

There are 77 minutes, 54 seconds on the clock and, as the dogs in the street now know, it’s 15-all. Freeze-frame Beauden Barrett’s restart. Kieran Rea(...)

Sean O’Brien finished off one of the all-time great Lions tries in the opening Test at Eden Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

LOWS New Zealand Herald’s depiction of Warren Gatland as a clown Lampooning visiting coaches by picturing them in clown’s garb is a recent trademark(...)

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland wears a red nose during a press conference after the third  Test match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph:   Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Warren Gatland couldn’t resist it. He’d thought about doing it after the Lions’ win in the second Test, before deciding it was not the right time or p(...)

Lions secondrow Alun Wyn Jones takes a blow to the head in a tackle from All Blacks backrow Jerome Kaino during the third Test at Eden Park in Aukland. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

It remains to be seen whether World Rugby will investigate the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) substitution involving Lions captain Sam Warburton and Alu(...)

Kieran Read in discussion with referee Romain Poite at the end of the All Blacks’ 15-15 draw with the Lions at Eden Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

One of the best Test series in living memory - and the best Lions tour of a generation - reached a strange conclusion on Saturday morning. The decidi(...)

Steve Hansen: “We’ve ended up with a hand on the trophy each which is a bit like kissing your sister. There’s not a lot in it for anybody.”

The All Blacks’ disappointment with a drawn series is assuredly the more acute, and that feeling is liable to intensify as the days pass. To his credi(...)

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