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 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

Ireland’s coach Joe Schmidt. The aspect of the job he clearly relishes the most is being on the training ground with the players, Photograph:  Getty Images

In contrast to previously renewing contracts as head coach with Ireland, Joe Schmidt has set a deadline for the end of this month before deciding whet(...)

 New Zealand’s Codie Taylor reacts after their defeat by South Africa. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Argentina New Zealand, Estadio José Amalfitani, 11.40pm (Irish time) The All Blacks have never lost to Argentina but Saturday’s clash looks more bala(...)

Lions forward Sean O’Brien in action against the All Blacks  at Westpac Stadium on July 1st. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park. Kick-off: 7.35pm NZ time/8.35am Irish/UK time. On TV: Live on Sky Sports The Lions emba(...)

Codie Taylor of the All Blacks dives in to score a try during the first Test match against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Talking to some of the more fair-minded New Zealand journalists covering this tour, and not only are there plenty but it’s seemingly more informative (...)

The All Blacks were far superiour to the Lions at Eden Park. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ben Smith: One fine high ball catch was a standout moment shortly before his departure with a HIA, from which he failed to return. Rating: 6 Israel D(...)

New Zealand’s Ardie Savea on his way to scoring a try against Samoa at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand 78 Samoa 0 It looks like the Lions are going to need a bigger boat. Granted, the Samoans capitulated and shipped some soft tries, but the(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams in action for the Blues, the Lions’ second opponents of the tour. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

This summer’s British & Irish Lions tour has been widely acknowledged as arguably the toughest the tourists have ever embarked upon. Playing the (...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “We’re expecting a physical encounter, one where they’ll kick the ball a fair bit. Sexton and Murray are both key guys at driving them around the park and have real variation in their kicking game.”

There are chinks of vulnerability there, what with their first three locks all ruled out and an untried, makeshift second-row, a rusty openside and sc(...)

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