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 Bundee Aki and Ian Henderson celebrate at the final whistle of the autumn international against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

1. Line in the sand – Thou shall not pass New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick with Devin Toner of Ireland during the autumn international at the(...)

 TJ Perenara leads New Zealand in the haka ahead of the auyumn international against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Thirty-five minutes in, Ireland deep in the New Zealand 22 and Kieran Read is genuflecting on one knee as a medic tests his shoulder and arm. The big (...)

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 (...)

Ben Smith of the All Blacks makes a break during the win over England at Twickenham Stadium in London last week. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

“I’ve copped stick ever since really,” says Ben Smith turning to smile at Beauden Barrett. The All Black right wing, who started against England last (...)

The All Blacks perform the haka before facing Ireland at the Aviva two years ago. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Less than a year out from Japan 2019, so much of this month, this week and most of all this coming Saturday at the Aviva Stadium is being viewed in th(...)

Argentina’s Emiliano Boffelli scores a try in the Rugby Championship, despite a tackle from Ardie Savea of New Zealand. Photograph: Inpho

If the New Zealand rugby team eclipse all other considerations when it comes to Ireland’s four match November Test series given the heightened levels (...)

 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 (...)

Photograph: Eric Gaillard/File Photo/Reuters

Air France-KLM group chief executive Ben Smith pledged to pursue an “ambitious and innovative strategy” after the carrier posted lower earnings in its(...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: AP

Australia 20 New Zealand 37 All Blacks outhalf Beauden Barrett scored 17 points as New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep with a 37-20 win(...)

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