Steven Hansen

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New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen shakes hands with Ireland’s   Rory Best after the  match in Tokyo. Photi: Getty Images

Afterwards, Steven Hansen outlined an obvious but crucial difference in the respective real-time experience - and experiences - of the players on the (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Lions coach Warren Gatland and New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen shake hands before the start of the first Test in Auckland. Photo: Michael Bradley/Getty Images

All too predictably the weekly war of words between Steven Hansen and Warren Gatland ramped up another notch overnight in Wellington, when the All Bla(...)

British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray kicks the ball clear of danger during the Lions’ first Test match against the All Blacks. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Warren Gatland has publicly expressed his concern about the late hits on Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray by All Blacks players in the first Test, and wil(...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

Dan Carter: With 1,409 points, no one has been more prolific in the history of test rugby

The All Blacks fill out venues quicker than anyone else in the world wherever they go and one player who has always been worth the price of admission (...)