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 South Africa’s Malcolm Marx is tackled by New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read who returns to the side having missed the game against Argentina. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

South Africa v New Zealand, Pretoria, Saturday, 4.05pm South Africa harbour high hopes of a rare double over New Zealand as this year’s Rugby Champio(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

 New Zealand pose with the trophy after winning the Rugby Championship in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand’s 35-17 win over Argentina on Saturday sealed not only a third consecutive Rugby Championship - and a sixth in seven years - but also gave(...)

 New Zealand’s Codie Taylor reacts after their defeat by South Africa. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Argentina New Zealand, Estadio José Amalfitani, 11.40pm (Irish time) The All Blacks have never lost to Argentina but Saturday’s clash looks more bala(...)

  New Zealand’s Kieran Read holds up the Championship trophy after victory over  Argentina at Jose Amalfitani Stadium  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph:  Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battl(...)

France coach Jacques Brunel at a press conference in Auckland ahead of his side’s clash with the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images

The outcome of Saturday’s first Test between the All Blacks and France could well be determined by who copes best with their lengthy injury lists as b(...)

New Zealand’s wing Waisake Naholo scores a try against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales 18 New Zealand 33 Wales suffered a 30th successive defeat against New Zealand as the world champion All Blacks ended their European tour in win(...)

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(...)

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