Bundee Aki has become a key player for Ireland since his debut in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealanders have never quite known what to make of their own who end up playing against the All Blacks. Kiwis playing against the All Blacks is a (...)

Bundee Aki during Ireland squad training at Carton House in Co Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Security isn’t a dirty word, Blackadder. Crevice is a dirty word, but security isn’t”. General Sir Anthony Hogmany C Melcett may be batty but at leas(...)

Beauden Barrett crosses to score during New Zealand’s Rugby Championship win over Argentina. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand maintained their 100 per cent start to the Rugby Championship with a 39-22 bonus-point victory over plucky Argentina at Yarrow Stadium. T(...)

The forwards  huddle during the Captain’s Run ahead of the Lions’ game against  the Wellington Hurricanes on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 7.35pm local time (8.35am Irish), Sky Sports 1 from 8am. First off this is about(...)

British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray kicks the ball clear of danger during the Lions’ first Test match against the All Blacks. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Warren Gatland has publicly expressed his concern about the late hits on Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray by All Blacks players in the first Test, and wil(...)

Steve Hansen: “I always find it amusing when people tell us they’re going to beat us up in the tight five,”. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s an immutable truth that anyone who says “I don’t mean to brag” is about to do exactly that, just as the words “with the greatest respect” will su(...)

Dan Carter (centre) has been named the World Rugby player of the year for 2015. New Zealand won the team award. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has followed up his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s World Cup final by being crowned World Rugby player of t(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika and assistant coach Mario Ledesma hold notes during a captain’s run training session at Twickenham on the eve of the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images

Australian tactics on how to get the better of New Zealand in tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final have been accidentally revealed by Micahel Cheika at hi(...)

David Pocock and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe  in last week’s semi-final: Pocock  gave a wonderful display of thievery against Argentina. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand and Australia will take the field on Saturday with each bidding to be the first nation to claim a third Rugby World Cup. Fans of free-flo(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

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