Waisake Naholo

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 George Bridge goes over for a try on  his New Zealand Test debut against Japan at the Ajinomoto stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan 31 New Zealand 69 A second-string All Blacks side featuring eight debutants crushed Japan 69-31 in a thriller of a try-fest in Tokyo on Saturda(...)

Sonny Bill Williams will start for the All Blacks against Argentina. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams will play his first Rugby Championship test of the year and prop Angus Ta’avao looks set to make his debut off the bench after St(...)

All Blacks captain Kieran Read starts against Australia in Sydney on Saturday. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty

Rugby Championship, Australia v New Zealand, Saturday August 18th (Sky Sports Action, ko 11.05am Irish time) All Blacks captain Kieran Read and lock (...)

New Zealand’s wing Waisake Naholo scores a try against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales 18 New Zealand 33 Wales suffered a 30th successive defeat against New Zealand as the world champion All Blacks ended their European tour in win(...)

“A massive amount of work has gone into it and a couple of the six weeks I had before the tour probably stood to me. I did an awful amount of work and conditioning and fitness and strengthening and everything in that time. I feel very good. I feel very fast and strong.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At last we have seen Sean O’Brien fully fit and at full tilt. With that has come his first win over the All Blacks in seven attempts and now a crack a(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams shoulder charges Anthony Watson  to earn a red card in the first half. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24 We have a test series. It’s for days, occasions and most of all games like this that millions love rugby (...)

Waisake Naholo is likely to face the Lions in the opening Test on June 24th. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Waisake Naholo believes the All Blacks will raise their game for the “once in a lifetime” chance to sink the British and Irish Lions. Naholo thundere(...)

 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 (...)

Sam Whitelock returns for the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

First choice locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick have returned from injury and been named in a beefed-up All Blacks side to face Ireland in Dubli(...)

Israel Dagg breaks clear to score  a try for New Zealand  in their match against Italy  at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Italy 10 New Zealand 68 New Zealand put last weekend’s defeat to Ireland to the back of their minds as they put Conor O’Shea’s Italy to the sword as(...)

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