Jerome Kaino

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When the word is mentioned, Keven Mealamu and Sam Whitelock inhale deeply, glance down at their feet for a second, then lock eyes with the one guarant(...)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: “Leadership  . . . is a learning skill. Self-belief is a massive thing.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

By the end, it was all black alright. Seemingly half of New Zealand had travelled over, and as Twickenham was engulfed in rain and a black sky more li(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

Francois Louw  and  Richie McCaw shake hands at the end of the World Cup semi-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

World Rugby have confirmed that Richie McCaw will not be cited for the incident with South Africa’s Francois Louw in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s sem(...)

Dan Carter will make his final New Zealand appearance in the Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty

Dan Carter has warned that the job is “not done yet” after ensuring his last game for New Zealand will be a first World Cup final appearance. The All (...)

South Africa’s lock Lood de Jager  is tackled Dan Carter, Owen Franks  and New Zealand captain Richie McCaw  during the  Rugby World Cup semi-final a Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

It had been an absorbing, brutally physical encounter in sharp contrast to the often bitter and violent rivalry of decades gone by. Yet as befits the (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

All Black coach Steve Hansen gives a team talk to his players during a training session at Swansea University. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Steve Hansen, usually a safe bet to begrudgingly provide the bare minimum, slips into a seat and surprises most with some unexpected candour, charisma(...)

Julian Savea was New Zealand’s hat-trick hero in their win over Georgia at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: PA

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10 It may have been the first meeting between the countries, but Georgia did not have New Zealand on their minds when th(...)

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