Aaron Cruden

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Former Wales international Ieuan Evans picks out Munster during the Champions Cup draw at  Chateau de Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s a case of familiar faces and foes following the EPCR Champions Cup and Challenge Cup draws for next season that took place in Neuchatel, Switzerl(...)

New Zealand’s Ben Smith in action against Australia last October. Photograph:  Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has given coach Steve Hansen a massive boost by rebuffing lucrative offers from European clubs and re-signing with New Z(...)

Sam Whitelock returns for the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

First choice locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick have returned from injury and been named in a beefed-up All Blacks side to face Ireland in Dubli(...)

Expect dinks, grubbers, cross-kicks, contestable box-kicks, and  long diagonal kicks or punts as All Blacks put boot to ball as they did against Italy last weekend. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Livepic

To kick or not to kick, that is the question. In the two most recent matches, New Zealand have adopted an appreciably diverse philosophy in relation (...)

Israel Dagg breaks clear to score  a try for New Zealand  in their match against Italy  at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Italy 10 New Zealand 68 New Zealand put last weekend’s defeat to Ireland to the back of their minds as they put Conor O’Shea’s Italy to the sword as(...)

Conor O’Shea, head coach of Italian rugby team during a training session in Rome. Photograph: Silvia Lore/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

In the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago last Saturday, Conor O’Shea was bombarded with text messages: “He(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray celebrates scoring their third try against the All Blacks in Soldier Field: “He is a physical man. He is big for a nine. That’s what makes him world class.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Flashes of Conor Murray in a game that can never be forgotten. Dominant in the face of the game’s best scrumhalves, the spooked Aaron Smith and the el(...)

  Josh van der Flier and Ultan Dillane  celebrate beating the All Blacks. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They don’t say much. Well, Tadhg Furlong is a great talker but in the others - like Joey Carbery and Josh van der Flier - we see the intellect and cha(...)

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(...)

France’s Jean Marc Doussain is tackled by Ireland’s Jared Payne and CJ Stander. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jared Payne would be close enough to this All Black squad, maybe not the starting XV, but in and around the frame had he not taken up the opportunity(...)

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