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New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read  and head coach Steve Hansen after their draw with South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand 16 South Africa 16 Replacement scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies scored a try in the final minute of play to help South Africa snatch a 16-16(...)

 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(...)

 Richie Mo’unga of the Crusaders dives over to score a try during the Super Rugby quarter-final match against  the Highlanders  in Christchurch. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Canterbury Crusaders 38 Otago Highlanders 14 Outhalf Richie Mo’unga grabbed two tries in a flawless 23-point game as the Canterbury Crusaders stormed(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No hurry for Murray The Conor Murray problem is exacerbated by the fact it is Conor Murray. When a scrumhalf suffers a dip in form – like Aaron Smith(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite the attempts of Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand to stop him during the November international series at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster winger was the(...)

Jacob Stockdale gathers his own kick to score  the crucial try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

“Drop it... like you know. And he did,” says Jacob Stockdale with a great big gurn (not grin) on his face. His thought when Kieran Read stretched to(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

  Kieran Read (centre) walks out for the New Zealand captain’s run with Joe Moody  and Waisake Naholo at the Aviva stadium on Friday. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read believes his side will have to deliver “the best performance of their season” in order to beat Ireland at the Aviva sta(...)

All Blacks loosehead Karl Tu’inukuafe. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

15 Damian McKenzie Club: Chiefs Age: 23 Height: 5’9” Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 21 A standout performer at Twickenham, McKenzie’s low-centre of g(...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

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