Tatafu Polota Nau of the Waratahs is key to Wallabies’ hopes.  Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Australia v Argentina Gold Coast, 10.05am Sky Sports 2The sandy beaches and glitzy night-spots of the Gold Coast have long catered to Australians comi(...)

Jean de Villiers will win his 100th cap this weekend. Photograph: Reuters

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers cannot quite believe that he is about to play his 100th test match, given he felt he might not even get a second a(...)

New Zealand  wing Ben Smith is tackled by Argentina’s Agustin Creevy and  Nicolas Sanchez at McLean Park in Napier. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 28 Argentina 9Beauden Barrett inspired New Zealand to a thumping win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship at McLean Park in Napier. De(...)

 Brian Habana (right) will be winning his 100th Test cap when he lines out for South Africa against Australia in Perth today. Photograph:   Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The headlines have focused on Bryan Habana’s 100th Test and a new Wallabies halfback partnership but it is in the maelstrom of the forward battle that(...)

Beauden Barrett  during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at McLean Park  in Napier, New Zealand. Barrett is set to make his first start at outhalf against Argentina. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Playing smarter has been a key message the All Blacks have repeated in the build-up to their Rugby Championship clash with Argentina tomorrow, part(...)

Kane Douglas in action during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park in Sydney. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor is confident Australian secondrow Kane Douglas will be in Ireland before the season’s first round of the Champions Cup be(...)

 Argetine hooker Eusebio Guinazu (centre) has joined Munster on a short term contract.  Photograph:   JUAN MABROMATA/GettyImages

Munster have confirmed the signing of Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu on a four-month contract.He will join the province later in the month subject(...)

Julian Savea (C) of New Zealand’s All Blacks gets the ball away while being tackled by Pat McCabe (bottom) of Australia during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photoghraph:  REUTERS/Nigel Marple

Australia utility back Pat McCabe has decided to retire after fracturing his neck for the third time in last weekend’s Rugby Championship defeat to Ne(...)

Captain Richie McCaw  scores one of his two tries  against Australia and is  congratulated by teammates Aaron Cruden (left) and Aaron Smith during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Nigel Marple / Reuters

New Zealand 51 Australia 20 New Zealand laid down a Rugby Championship marker as they beat Australia 51-20 at Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup. T(...)

 Ryan Crotty:  will make his first Test start for New Zealand at inside centre in place of the injured Ma’a Nonu. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the(...)

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