Kurtley Beale (right) of Australia receives a kick against New Zealand  during their Rugby Championship match in Sydney. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Australia 12 New Zealand 12 Australia foiled New Zealand’s bid to win an historic 18th consecutive Test as the Bledisloe Cup rivals played out (...)

Handre Pollard of South Africa, who just two months ago was  captaining South Africa’s under-20 team at the Junior World Championship. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Inexperienced flyhalf Handre Pollard was named ahead of long-standing incumbent Morne Steyn in South Africa’s team for their opening match of the Rugb(...)

Colin Slade, who comes in to the New Zealand squad for the injured Dan Carter,  scores a try. Photograph:   ©INPHO/Photosport/Andrew Cornaga

The All Blacks called flyhalf Colin Slade into their squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday after Dan Carter was ruled out of the first two tes(...)

Juan Smith of Toulon dives over to score a try during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium thhis year in Cardiff. Photograph. David Rogers/Getty Images

Juan Smith, who last year retired from rugby due to an Achilles injury, has completed a remarkable comeback after being drafted into the South Africa(...)

Kane Douglas still hoping for Wallabies call-up ahead of Leinster move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

If his career takes a turn for the better Australian secondrow Kane Douglas may not be available to play with Leinster until December. The lock, a pe(...)

Ireland defence coach Les Kiss is looking for significant improvement in the second Test against Argentina.

Aside from not rewarding visits deep into the Pumas’ 22 with scores, by far the most disappointing aspect of the Irish performance in last Saturday’s (...)

Jordi Murphy: “I had two games off the bench for Ireland but I’ve been looking for that start and I’m going out to make the most of it and leave a mark.”

It’s been something of a rollercoaster season for Irish back-row forwards this season, thus testing Ireland’s depth there more than usually, and for n(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson during an Ireland squad training session at Carton House last November.

Spondylolysis has reopened the Test window for Ian Madigan. Paddy Jackson joined up with the Ireland squad for this week’s two-day camp in Dublin but(...)

New Leinster lock Kane Douglas has won 14 Australian caps. Photograph: Getty.

Kane Douglas has signed a three-year contract with Leinster. However, the 14-time capped Wallaby lock is contracted to the Australian Rugby Union unti(...)

  Nigel Owens will referee the Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS. Photograph:  Huw Evans

Nigel Owens will referee this year’s RaboDirect RaboDirect Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday week (6.15p(...)

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