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New Zealand Rugby has named Ian Foster as the new All Blacks head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ian Foster was appointed the new head coach of the All Blacks on Wednesday, promoted from his role as assistant under Steve Hansen to take up the rei(...)

Andy Farrell will be in charge of Ireland following Joe schmidt’s departure. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over the past 20 years Irish teams have played powerfully during the Six Nations tournaments, then travelled to the RWC, full of hope, only to fail at(...)

Faf de Klerk of South Africa celebrates his side winning a penalty to secure victory over Wales during the Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Fittingly perhaps, England will be faced by South Africa in next Saturday’s World Cup final, in a reprise of the 2007 decider. But while the Springbok(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen looks dejected after their defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday.   Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The hurt and suffering that will long linger is etched on the faces of the All Blacks as they struggle to suppress the emotional scars of their World (...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen at the captain’s run on Friday ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland in Tokyo on Saturday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Steve Hansen is a horse whisperer. “There was no way I could bully it,” he once said about a feisty nag. “I had to take my time with it and watch its(...)

 Joe Schmidt: “That fluidity changes philosophy, it changes preparation and, I guess, it demands more from players.”

There’s something very apt about a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand being one of, and perhaps the ultimate, defining game of the gild(...)

Samoa’s head coach Steve Jackson takes part in  training session during the captain’s run at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on the eve of the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Ireland. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt’s first match as Irish coach was a 40-9 win over Samoa in Dublin six years ago and, as ever, Samoa’s plans beyond this game remain unclear(...)

 Jordie Barrett, Scott Barrett and Beauden Barrett of New Zealand line up for the national ahead of their win over Canada. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 63 Canada 0 They came in their tens of thousands to see the one team that resonates here, New Zealand, queueing in their black jerseys in(...)

Flyhalf Stephen Donald of the All Blacks kicks a penalty in 2011  Rugby World Cup Final  between France and New Zealand in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

Stephen Donald kicked the winning penalty that secured New Zealand an 8-7 victory over France in the 2011 World Cup final on home soil, bringing to an(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

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