Ronan O’Gara is held in high esteem by former Crusaders great Dan Carter with whom he built up a close friendship at Racing 92. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

When reports of Ronan O’Gara and his family relocating from Paris to Christchurch first broke, on some levels it seemed a little unlikely. But when it(...)

 Kieran Keane: was  head coach of the New Zealand province Tasman Makos from 2009. “The game has changed, the players have changed and I had to change.” Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Kieran Keane, the current Waikato Chiefs backs coach, has emerged as a strong contender to take over from fellow New Zealander Pat Lam at Connacht fro(...)

David Campese breaks for Australia during the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Australia beat New Zealand 16-6. Photograph: Getty

Next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand should prove a fitting climax for what has been - bar home nation disappointme(...)

Australia players celebrate at full time of their 2003 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

The 2003 World Cup progressed in such a way the final was always destined to be contested by the cream of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, wi(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony: “I obviously took a knock but if you see it on the video I answered all my questions perfectly to the doc.” Photograph: Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony was adamant yesterday that he did not suffer concussion against Leinster at Thomond Park last Saturday evening. This is(...)