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Beauden Barrett’s late score saw the All Blacks edge Australia in Dunedin. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand 35 Australia 29 Beauden Barrett scored a brilliant 78th-minute try to ensure the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup with a 35-29 victo(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams returns to the New Zealand side for the Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Centre Sonny Bill Williams was recalled to the All Blacks team on Wednesday for their opening Rugby Championship match against Australia after serving(...)

Lions secondrow Alun Wyn Jones takes a blow to the head in a tackle from All Blacks backrow Jerome Kaino during the third Test at Eden Park in Aukland. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

It remains to be seen whether World Rugby will investigate the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) substitution involving Lions captain Sam Warburton and Alu(...)

Sean O’Brien arriving at a judicial hearing at the New Zealand Rugby offices in Wellington on Sunday. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Had Sean O’Brien been suspended for the third Test it would undoubtedly have been a game changer in favour of the All Blacks. Hereabouts, they respect(...)

Ben Smith has been ruled out pof the second Test between New Zealand and the Lions. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

New Zealand full-back Ben Smith has been ruled out of Saturday’s second Test against the British and Irish Lions. Smith, who suffered concussion duri(...)

Steve Hansen: “I always find it amusing when people tell us they’re going to beat us up in the tight five,”. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s an immutable truth that anyone who says “I don’t mean to brag” is about to do exactly that, just as the words “with the greatest respect” will su(...)

 Rieko Ioane   scores a try for New Zealand as a helpless  Anthony Watson of the Lions looks on  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/Getty

NEW ZEALAND 30 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 For an hour, this was an epic occasion and contest. The Lions confirmed their rapid progression over the (...)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen “Ever since Adam was a cowboy, if the tight five do the job everyone else can play.” Photo: Getty Images

Although Steve Hansen and his assistant Ian Foster looked understandably content with the All Blacks’ first test victory, and are now roaring hot favo(...)

The All Blacks were far superiour to the Lions at Eden Park. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ben Smith: One fine high ball catch was a standout moment shortly before his departure with a HIA, from which he failed to return. Rating: 6 Israel D(...)

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

Perhaps not since the millennium loomed had there been a build-up quite like it. And while some sporting strays might have assumed Sky’s countdown clo(...)

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