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 Johnny Sexton is engulfed by his teammates after scoring the winning  drop goal in Paris. Photograph:  Getty Images

The clock has passed the 77 minute mark. Ireland trail France by 13-12 and their goose looks cooked. Anthony Belleau is lining up a kickable penalty a(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton in action with New Zealand’s Jack Goodhue last week.  Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett: Going for a three in a row. Photi: Inpho/Billy Stickland BEAUDEN BARRETT (New Zealand) The 27-year-old(...)

 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 (...)

Jacob Stockdale scores Ireland’s crucial try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.   Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Diamonds are forever – at least the three-man triangle with Tadhg Furlong receiving and Johnny Sexton completing the diamond in behind. Anger is an u(...)

 Bundee Aki and Ian Henderson celebrate at the final whistle of the autumn international against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

1. Line in the sand – Thou shall not pass New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick with Devin Toner of Ireland during the autumn international at the(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand tackles Sam Underhill of England as he scores a try that was  later disallowed during the autumn international  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

England 15 New Zealand 16 England fell agonisingly short of toppling New Zealand after a late try by Sam Underhill was controversially ruled out in (...)

The All Blacks’ frontrow practise the scrum during training ahead of their Test game against England. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Everyone wants to know the All Blacks’ secret. How is it, exactly, they have won 83 of 93 Tests under their head coach, Steve Hansen, and held the man(...)

Argentina’s Bautista Delguy slips past   New Zealand’s Karl Tu’nukuafe. He has the ability to glide  along the top of the ground, effortlessly twisting and turning.   Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Bautista Delguy is Argentina’s latest find. He only made his debut against Wales in June but after seven caps they are talking about him, even looking(...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: AP

Australia 20 New Zealand 37 All Blacks outhalf Beauden Barrett scored 17 points as New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep with a 37-20 win(...)

Jordan Larmour crosses for Leinster during the Pro14 final against the Scarlets. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland and Leinster’s Jordan Larmour has been nominated for the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award. Larmour signed professional (...)

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