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Fiji winger  Nemani Nadolo in action for Montpellier against Leinster. “Over the years I just worked on my power. I’ve finally discovered I’m a big boy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the big wheel turns, it is hard to stop. Nemani Nadolo is the paddleboat steamer in Montpellier. He is boyish and open, a cartoon-sized winger, w(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has 14 players unavailable and has to convince the remainder that the All Blacks are beatable. Photograph: Craig Brough/Rueters

Scotland v New Zealand, Murrayfield, 5.15pm - Live on BBC2 & BT Sport 2 New Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wi(...)

Jacob Stockdale at yesterday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, ahead of his first start for Ireland on home soil. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He’s living the dream, and the dream was always playing for Ulster and Ireland. His granddad and father both played for Ballyclare, and his granddad’s(...)

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, at  a press conference after France presented its  bid in London to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Money talks in sport, and World Rugby is no exception, not least with its once-every-four-years World Cup. This is the governing body’s main cash co(...)

Leo Varadkar with Dick Spring after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid presentation. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish delegation had made their pitch for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and by all accounts, it had gone very well. So as they sat on the podium in a L(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

Dick Spring (Ireland 2023 Bid Chairman), Philip Browne (Chief Executive IRFU), and Brian O’Driscoll arrive at the 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid Presentation in Royal Garden Hotel, South Kensington, London. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given her backing to Ireland’s bid to host the World Cup in 2023. Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar revealed th(...)

IJoe Schmidt poses during the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw in Kyoto, Japan. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland may have received a favourable pool draw in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday morning, but there the chances of reaching a first ever semi-fina(...)

Ulster’s Charles Piutau is tackled by Bordeaux-Begles’ Jean-Baptiste Dubie Mandatory during their Champions Cup clash last January. Photo: Inpho

Charles Piutau grew up as the youngest of 10 siblings in Mangere, south Auckland, heavily influenced by his Tongan heritage. The suburb is home to man(...)

 Former All Black backrow Sione Lauaki has died aged 35. Photograph: EPA/Ian Stewart

Former New Zealand back-row forward Sione Lauaki has died at the age of 35. His death was announced by the All Blacks and his former club team, the H(...)

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