New Zealand’s  Dan Carter (second right) will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has lost his race to be fit and will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia next week.Carter broke his l(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa of the All Blacks breaks clear to score against South Africa  at Ellis Park. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 27 New Zealand 25Patrick Lambie’s late long-range penalty consigned New Zealand to just their second defeat in 38 Test matches as South A(...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

New Zealand out half dan Carter taking a carry against Ireland with Alan Quinlan making a tackle. The All Black is again injured and unavailable for the All Blacks. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Daniel Carter’s ‘annus horribilis’ continued when a calf injury ruled the All Black outhalf out of Canterbury’s provincial clash with Tasman on Saturd(...)

 Kurtley Beale has won 47 Australian caps. Photograph: Getty.

Utility back Kurtley Beale has been dumped for the Wallabies’ final Rugby Championship match against Argentina after an in-flight row with a member of(...)

Bismarck du Plessis has been selected to play as hooker for South Africa against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to his starting line-up to face New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg on (...)

Jean de Villiers from South Africa celebrates scoring a try in  their Rugby Championship match against  Australia at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma / EPA

South Africa 28 Australia 10South Africa captain Jean de Villiers hailed his team’s perfect game-plan after their 28-10 Rugby Championship victory ove(...)

Eben Etzebeth  and Bryan Habana tackle Israel Folau when the sides met in  Perth earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa v Australia (Saturday, 4.05pm): South Africa and Australia will both aim to keep alive slim hopes of landing this season’s Rugby Champion(...)

Ruan  Pienaar was carried off late in the first half against New Zealand in Wellington yesterday.

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar is facing an extended spell out of action after it was confirmed he suffered medial knee ligament damage playing for Sou(...)

New Zealand captain  Richie McCaw stretches past the tackle of South Africa’s Jan Serfontein to score a try in the second half of the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Rugby Championship round-up: Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zeal(...)

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