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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

British and Irish Lions’ CJ Stander is tackled during the win in Hamilton. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Waikato Chiefs 6 British & Irish Lions 34 Another handsome Lions win. The midweekers finally emulated their Saturday squad mates with what was, f(...)

 Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that’s going on, the off-the-ball stuff.”  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The temperature is rising in the New Zealand winter. Both the All Blacks and the Lions ramped up their performances over the weekend, as did their res(...)

Maori All Blacks perform the haka before facing Munster in November 2016. Photo: Getty Images

To some it generates a shiver down the spine, establishing a connection with the spiritual self easily overlooked these days. To others the word haka (...)

 Sonny Bill Williams in action for the Blues, the Lions’ second opponents of the tour. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

This summer’s British & Irish Lions tour has been widely acknowledged as arguably the toughest the tourists have ever embarked upon. Playing the (...)

Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand rugby sevens team is also accomplished at rugby union, league and boxing. photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

He’s an offload machine, a type of flesh and blood magnet who pulls tacklers towards him and then wriggles his arms free to somehow lay off the ball t(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper will be playing for his World Cup place when he faces New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday. Photo: Andrews Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Victor Vito and Quade Cooper are both playing for their World Cup places when the All Blacks and Wallabies clash in the defining Bledisloe Cup encount(...)

 Wayne Barnes: made a profoundly flawed decision late in the South Africa v New Zealand clash at Ellis Park which saw South Africa end the All Blacks’ unbeaten run. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The last time South Africa played a match, four weeks ago, they ended a five-match losing run against New Zealand and in the process ended the All Bla(...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

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