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Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Canterburt celebrates their Super Rugby final win over the Jaguares. Photograph:  Martin Hunter/Photosport/Inpho

Canterbury Crusaders 19 Jaguares 3 The Canterbury Crusaders soaked up the pressure from an enterprising Jaguares side to clinch their 10th Super Rugb(...)

 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 (...)

Reiko Ioane scores one of his three second half tries against France. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

New Zealand 49 France 14 Winger Rieko Ioane scored three tries while Damian McKenzie crossed twice in a full display of his attacking abilities as th(...)

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(...)

British and Irish Lions team huddle with Warren Gatland during the training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory over the Crusaders would have emboldened the Lions, and the Maori scalp should convince them a Northern Hemisphere approach to rugby can overc(...)

Lions scrumhalf  Conor Murray is tackled during the tour match against the Crusaders at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Crusaders 3 Lions 12 The Lions tour is back on track and no mistake. On a cold, crisp but engrossing night at a packed AMI Stadium, in front of 20,49(...)

Conor O’Shea, head coach of Italian rugby team during a training session in Rome. Photograph: Silvia Lore/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

In the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago last Saturday, Conor O’Shea was bombarded with text messages: “He(...)

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw pose after the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Reds at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photo: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Canterbury Crusaders ensured Dan Carter and Richie McCaw bid a fitting farewell to Christchurch in their final Super Rugby match in the city with an (...)

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