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English lock George Kruis is off to the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

After England’s last match, back in March, Eddie Jones was asked to say a few words about George Kruis, whose impending move to Japan would bring a ha(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

Rory Best:  It was a particularly cruel end   to Ireland’s long-serving hooker’s outstanding career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Ireland

For Ireland to win, they had to place doubt in the minds of the best team in the world. To do this they needed the very new All Blacks Richie Mo’unga(...)

 New Zealand’s Matt Todd scores a try in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

Black is the colour. So Joe Schmidt’s six years in charge of Ireland draws to a profoundly disappointing close with the velvet colour of his native Ne(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Jordie Barrett starts at outhalf for the All Blacks on Sunday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Utility back Jordie Barrett will make his first appearance at outhalf for the All Blacks against Namibia in their Pool B clash in Tokyo on Sunday, whi(...)

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 (...)

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