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Rory Best: ”We always strive to get better. We haven’t done that.”

Long before the finish of this 25-7 defeat the Welsh fans were laughing in unison. Laughing at Joe Schmidt’s decision to let the heavens into the(...)

Simon Easterby: “We had long discussions involved in nearly every position. That process will continue but it’s great because we have more depth at the moment.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Refreshed and replenished by the return of a host of players who were either rested or injured for the Italian game, the likelihood is that at least f(...)

The All Blacks captain Kieran Read has announced that he will join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz next season. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

New Zealand captain Kieran Read will bow out from Test rugby after the World Cup later this year. The Crusaders number eight, who has won 118 caps a(...)

Crusaders  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara  reacts as Ereatari Enari scores a try during a  training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, this week. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Millennials, we can’t live without them. New Zealand rugby is figuring this out the hard way. Generation Y know their worth better than any previous c(...)

Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

Jacob Stockdale and John Ryan contest the ball during Ireland training at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale has insisted Ireland have never considered themselves the world’s best Test team. The Ulster wing has admitted he never wants to be o(...)

Joe Schmidt: “We were very quiet before the game. I didn’t sense the same energy levels I would have in November when the All Blacks came.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Psychological warfare is an Eddie Jones delicacy, all the way back to 2003 when he haunted Clive Woodward’s England up until Jonny Wilkinson intervene(...)

Eddie Jones: “The doctor said, ‘If you recover fully you can coach until you’re 70.’ I might keep him to that”. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

“Conflict in any organisation is important, because from conflict you get creativity” – Eddie Jones Only the special ones earn lifelong enemies. Ther(...)

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Blacks We waited 111 years for Ireland’s first victory over New Zealand, now we have two in two years. It’s becoming a habit. “As of now Ireland (...)

Ronan O’Gara with Canterbury Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he is portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Bl(...)

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