Jerome Kaino

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Jerome Kaino: A secondrow two weeks ago in Soldier Field, where, he says, “I tried to be Brodie Retallick”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When Jerome Kaino cashed out for two years in Japan after winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011, thoughts were that he deserved it, all of it. He kick(...)

Seán O’Brien: His body of work at Test level may tilt the odds of claiming the number seven shirt in his favour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt will reveal his hand for Saturday’s rematch with a vengeful All Blacks at lunchtime today, and the expectation is that he will stick with (...)

 Jack McGrath celebrates Ireland’s historic win against the All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sport invariably demands that players hustle mentally towards the next match, the next performance, the moment of success fleeting and quickly superse(...)

New Zealand  assistant coach Ian Foster: “I guess what’s happened in Chicago has just added a little bit more seasoning to it, hasn’t it?” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland may be immersed in their best camp since Michael Kearney was appointed Irish team manager. Sweet mood music in Carton House. But Steve Hans(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin is tackled by Lucas Rumball of Canada during Ireland’s 52-21 victory at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s squad are determined to relegate the 40-29 win over the All Blacks in Chicago to a footnote in the rugby narrative of the November Test (...)

Ireland’s  CJ Stander  wins a lineout ball during the game against New Zealand at Soldier Field,  Chicago. Photograph Phil Walter/Getty Images

Isolating the lineout as a microcosm of Ireland’s 40-29 victory over New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago reveals how pivotal this particular set-p(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  shakes hands with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and assistant   Wayne Bennett after the game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph:   Phil Walter/Getty Images

Record-breaking New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has hailed Ireland’s Joe Schmidt as one of the world’s best coaches. All Blacks head coach Hansen prais(...)

Fullback Ben Smith was one of the All Blacks’ best performers at Soldier Field - but often came off second best in the air against Ireland’s Rob Kearney. Photograph: Inpho

Ben Smith 8 The best All Black for long stretches, finishing that try in the corner, one handed, just when it looked like another painful comeback wo(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray scores their third try. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney 8 Comeback Kearney. Supposedly washed up, past his sell by date, Kearney shut a lot of people up by out-leaping Ben Smith off a restart(...)

Steve Hansen congratulates Joe Schmidt after Ireland’s win over New Zealand in Chicago. Photograph: Getty/ Phil Walter

Having won back-to-back World Cups and 18 Test matches on the spin, it’s safe to say the modern All Blacks aren’t too accustomed to losing. Granted, (...)

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