Aaron Cruden

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There will be no history mentioned prior to the meeting in the aptly named Soldier Field. The New Zealand team have a unique kind of detachment. A sof(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “We’re expecting a physical encounter, one where they’ll kick the ball a fair bit. Sexton and Murray are both key guys at driving them around the park and have real variation in their kicking game.”

There are chinks of vulnerability there, what with their first three locks all ruled out and an untried, makeshift second-row, a rusty openside and sc(...)

“Jerome (Kaino) has been covering for us the last few weeks and he’s very comfortable in the position.”

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has thrown a few curve balls selection wise in the home city of Wednesday night’s baseball World Series winners the Chi(...)

Ryan Crotty of the All Blacks scores the match winning try at the Aviva Stadium in 2013. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ryan Crotty hopes to break Irish hearts all over again when New Zealand take on Joe Schmidt’s side in Chicago this weekend. The versatile All Black a(...)

Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score late in the autumn international against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in November 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell insists it is “brilliant scheduling” that Ireland must face the record-breaking All Blacks twice in three weeks. Former captain O’Conn(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain gets his box-kick away against Clermont last week. Connacht face Toulouse this weekend, while Ulster will meet Clermont in back-to-back matches in December. photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Here come the French. The renewal of Euro hostilities pits the four provinces against six of the seven French entries in this season’s Champions Cup, (...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa at Kingspark Rugby stadium in Durban. Photograph: Getty Images

International rugby is a home again to outhalves, 10s who are fly as in knowing and clever. The gulf between South Africa and New Zealand last weeke(...)

Former All Black and Munster winger Dougie Howlett.

As the All Blacks leading try scorer of all time, a record he has held since 2007 with 49 tries to his name, Doug Howlett knows a thing or two about t(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: the Glasgow game was only his third cap for Leinster, but now he knows what he can and cannot get away with. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rarely do I want to talk rugby, never mind seek someone out to chat specifically about it. I loved playing for 23 years, I now enjoy writing about it(...)

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