Richie Mo’unga: he could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7th. Photograph: Photosport/Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Richie Mo’unga has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury but could miss the All Blacks’ final World Cup warm-up match against (...)

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

Australia’s confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to co(...)

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(...)

  New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock in action with Ireland’s James Ryan during Ireland’s historic win at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Inpho

It has ever been thus. Within minutes of New Zealand coach Steve Hansen diffusing Ireland’s win with a shrug, a deadpan, jokey mien and suggesting tha(...)

Sonny Bill Williams will start for the All Blacks against Argentina. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams will play his first Rugby Championship test of the year and prop Angus Ta’avao looks set to make his debut off the bench after St(...)

Warren Gatland’s side head to Eden Park looking to build some momentum. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Blues v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park Kick-off: Wednesday 7.35pm local time (8.35am BST) On TV: Live on Sky Sports This is a bigger ga(...)

Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the Blues starting XV for their clash with the Lions. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

It is a measure of the importance which coach Tana Umaga and the Blues attach to their encounter with the Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday that akin to(...)

 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 (...)

 All Blacks’s Patrick Tuipulotu is tackled by Ireland’s Jared Payne in Chicago last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been cleared of doping and a provisional suspension lifted, the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has said.  Tuipulo(...)

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