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Ireland’s Conor Murray celebrates Robbie Henshaw’s try against New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

November 5th, 2016: Ireland 40-29 New Zealand - Soldier Field, Chicago This can never happen again. Not at the same time. The most cherished memory f(...)

The scale of the defeat by the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals ensured the most bountiful decade of all  ended on a decidedly bum note. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

That was the decade that was, and while it may have ended on a thoroughly anti-climactic and even slightly tawdry note, it’s worth reminding ourselves(...)

Ian Foster with Steve Hansen during the Rugby World   Cup in Japan. Foster served as Hansen’s assistant for eight years. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

New Zealand’s wait for a new All Blacks head coach is over after Ian Foster, Steve Hansen’s former assistant, was promoted to the position on a two-ye(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

New Zealand Rugby has named Ian Foster as the new All Blacks head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ian Foster was appointed the new head coach of the All Blacks on Wednesday, promoted from his role as assistant under Steve Hansen to take up the rei(...)

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

As he launches his new memoir, Joe Schmidt tells Keith Duggan he’ll go back to work at some stage. He’s just not sure what at. It was a humdrum(...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

Flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit  has been named World Rugby Player of the Year. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

New world champions South Africa enjoyed a memorable night at World Rugby’s annual awards night in Tokyo, landing three top awards. Flanker Pieter-St(...)

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi withSouth Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

And that’s a wrap. Just over seven weeks since it began with Japan’s 30-10 win against Russia on September 20th, the 2019 Rugby World Cup has come to (...)

Joe Schmidt: “Any 23 can play very well against the All Blacks and not get the result,” said Schmidt before New Zealand thrashed Ireland 46-14. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

To the bitter and largely unexplained end, Joe Schmidt remained the same. It was all about control. Control of the young players who, like life in a 1(...)

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