Scotland’s Stuart Hogg scores a try during the autumn international against Samoa  at BT Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

Scotland 44 Samoa 38 Scotland survived a second-half fightback to kick off their international season with a 44-38 win over Samoa at BT Murrayfield. (...)

British and Irish Lions’ CJ Stander is tackled during the win in Hamilton. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Waikato Chiefs 6 British & Irish Lions 34 Another handsome Lions win. The midweekers finally emulated their Saturday squad mates with what was, f(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki celebrates as he leaves the field after the  team’s Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Unlike Pat Lam and the countless others who blazed a trail from New Zealand to the Northern Hemisphere, Bundee Aki was both relatively young and inexp(...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht  training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Manurewa bank teller comes home from work, after another mindlessly long day, flicks on the box to see his ‘uce’ (Samoan for ‘bro’) playing Super (...)

South Africa captain  Jean De Villiers has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a fractured jaw. Photograph: Getty

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers is out of the World Cup after sustaining a fractured jaw in Saturday’s 46-6 win over Samoa. The Springboks resp(...)

South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

Dan Carter kicked 20 points as a sloppy New Zealand beat Samoa 25-16 at Apia Park. Photograph: Getty

Dan Carter underlined why he will be a key figure for New Zealand at the World Cup later this year as his left boot underpinned a 25-16 victory over S(...)

Bundee Aki of the Chiefs in action against the Brumbies in Canberra. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies held off a Waikato Chiefs fightback to bring an end to the New Zealanders’ quest for a third straight Super Rugby title with a 32-30 (...)