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New Zealand’s Ben Smith  is tackled by Australia’s Quade Cooper during the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

The malaise that blighted Australia’s top rugby players throughout Super Rugby has now well and truly ensconced itself in the national team following(...)

Louis Picamoles and Johnny Sexton wil meet again when Leinster take on Nortahmpton in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup. Photograph:   Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no obvious ‘Pool of Death’, but the four Irish provinces face a tall order to qualify It is four years since Leinster won the then Heineke(...)

Kurtley Beale had to be stretchered off after picking up a knee injury the day after his move to Wasps was announced. Photograph: Getty

New Wasps signing Kurtley Beale was carried off on a stretcher in the opening minute of the NSW Waratahs’ home clash against the Bulls on Saturday wit(...)

Curtley Beale has signed for Wasps. Photograph: Getty

Wasps have completed one of the biggest signings in Aviva Premiership history after announcing that Australia star Kurtley Beale has been recruited fo(...)

The All Blacks doing their lateral passing drill at half-time in the World Cup final. Instead of a cerebral chat in the dressing room they practised this key skill at speed.

At half -time in the RWC Final New Zealand came out early. The score stood in their favour 16-3. Why did they come out early in the biggest game on(...)

New Zealand celebrating in Twickenham after winning the World Cup. For all of Dan Carter’s magnificence, Ma’a Nonu was the key figure in delivering tries.Photograph: AFP Photo /Franck Fife

How will this World Cup be remembered? That question must be viewed from two perspectives – the champions and Ireland’s – because each provides vastly(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but that (...)

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Cheika (...)

  New Zealand duo Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw chat during the Rugby World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

In the end it was all about McCaw and Carter. Never again will we see their likes. Certainly not at the same time. Before Carter grabbed hold of this (...)

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hold aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand’s win over Australia in the World Cup Final at Twickenham. Photograph:      Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 Simply the best, and perhaps now the best of all time. In any event, it’s hard to argue a case for a better team in(...)

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