Sam Whitelock

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Even Don King in his element wouldn’t have to resort to much hyperbole to sell each and every one of the 15 match-ups in St James’ Park this Saturday.(...)

CJ Stander of Ireland is tackled by Maro Itoje and George Kruis of England during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bad news on CJ Stander. The Ireland number eight is suspected to have suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. He seemingly played 62 minutes wi(...)

Ben Smith has played 76 Tests for the All Blacks, making his debut in 2009 before being cast into the wilderness for three years. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith will leave New Zealand after next year’s World Cup in Japan and join French club Pau, New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Bath v Leinster Kick off: 3.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Recreation Grounds. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times(...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

Tadhg Furlong Jonathan Sexton CJ Stander and Bundee Aki celebrate after Saturday’s result Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the revolution under Joe Schmidt’s watch is not so much how the rest of the world views Irish rugby, but more ho(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his New Zealand counterpart, Steve Hansen, speaking before the match at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pre-game. Aviva Stadium. As the tracksuited Joe Schmidt strides on to the Lansdowne field the black-suited Steve Hansen hands over an envelope. Brain (...)

Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout. He took the game to New Zealand at every turn during the  historic night at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony smiling on national television. What’s rare is wonderful. We can’t hear him because the Fields of Athenry reverberates around the sta(...)

 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(...)

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