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(...)

Joe Schmidt with Jonathan Sexton during Ireland’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 6.30pm. (On TV: live RTÉ Two/Channel 4) Historically, Ireland and Argentina hardly came across each oth(...)

Stade Francais prop Ramiro Herrera is the only European-based player in Argentina’s squad. Photograph:  Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais prop Ramiro Herrera is the only European-based player in Argentina’s provisional squad of 38 players for their end-of-season matches in(...)

 New Zealand’s Codie Taylor reacts after their defeat by South Africa. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Argentina New Zealand, Estadio José Amalfitani, 11.40pm (Irish time) The All Blacks have never lost to Argentina but Saturday’s clash looks more bala(...)

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(...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan kicks a penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup clash against Castres at  Stade Pierre Antoine. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Castres 16 Leinster 21It’s easy in the cheap seats, and they were also altogether cooler than on a pitch bathed in sunshine amid temperatures in the m(...)