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Nigel Owens on duty during the Ireland  versus New Zealand game at the Aviva Stadium on November 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Time was when Nigel Owens was announced as the referee for any match involving Ireland or one of the four provinces, this was welcomed by the teams an(...)

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(...)

 Jordie Barrett, Scott Barrett and Beauden Barrett of New Zealand line up for the national ahead of their win over Canada. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 63 Canada 0 They came in their tens of thousands to see the one team that resonates here, New Zealand, queueing in their black jerseys in(...)

Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks warms up during a New Zealand training session at the Jissoji Tamokuteki Ground in Beppu, Oita. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Beauden, Jordie and Scott Barrett will become the first trio of brothers to appear for the All Blacks in a World Cup match after they were named to s(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

New Zealand’s George Bridge scored four trimes against Tonga. Photograph: Inpho

The All Blacks got exactly what they wanted from their final match ahead of the World Cup when they demolished Tonga 92-7 on Saturday, and deliberate(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Ngani Laumape is looking to seize his Rugby World Cup chance when the All Blacks face Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Marty Melville

Rugby Championship, Saturday July 20th, Argentina v New Zealand, Buenos Aires (Sky Sports Action, kick-off 7.05pm) A lingering hamstring injury to So(...)

Sevu Reece of the Crusaders scores a try during the Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes in Christchurch. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders 30 Wellington Hurricanes 26 The Canterbury Crusaders just about remained on course for a 10th Super Rugby title when they outlas(...)

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