Aaron Smith

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Ireland’s frontrow of Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best and Cian Healy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The waiting is nearly over. On Saturday night the rugby fixture of the year takes place, as Ireland welcome the All Blacks to the Aviva Stadium. It i(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand tackles Sam Underhill of England as he scores a try that was  later disallowed during the autumn international  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

England 15 New Zealand 16 England fell agonisingly short of toppling New Zealand after a late try by Sam Underhill was controversially ruled out in (...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

Ireland’s coach Joe Schmidt. The aspect of the job he clearly relishes the most is being on the training ground with the players, Photograph:  Getty Images

In contrast to previously renewing contracts as head coach with Ireland, Joe Schmidt has set a deadline for the end of this month before deciding whet(...)

Sonny Bill Williams will earn his 50th All Blacks cap against Australia on Saturday. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

New Zealand v Australia, Saturday October 27th, Yokohama (kick-off 6.0am Irish Time) New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams says he feels “blessed” t(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

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(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park enjoyed a huge influence on the game and was a deserved man of the match against the Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s attacking shape this season will place a huge premium on the roster of scrumhalves having the requisite aerobic fitness. The traditional wi(...)

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates his side’s victory over the All Blacks. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty

New Zealand 34 South Africa 36 Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealan(...)

Australia’s  David Pocock  checks on the injured Ryan Crotty of New Zealand  during the Rugby Championship  match at  at ANZ Stadium  in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Australia 13 New Zealand 38 The All Blacks return to New Zealand triumphant after another Rugby Championship demolition of the Wallabies but with con(...)

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