Robbie Deans

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New Zealand’s Sam Cane  runs away from Barbarians’ New Zealand fullback George Bridge to score a try during the  match  at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Barbarians 22 New Zealand 31 New Zealand provided a chilling insight into their future strength after coming from behind to dispatch the Barbarians 3(...)

Barbarians coach during a training session at Latymer Upper School. His side is not a team littered with big-name draws, rather youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their sorcery and wonder precisely what kind of deal they have made wit(...)

Greg McWilliams during his time coaching the Ireland women’s team in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Greg McWilliams, former attack coach of the Ireland women’s team, has been named US Eagles men’s backs coach for their November tour of Europe. The U(...)

Joe Schmidt and members of the Irish squad  in Japan. The successful tour has helped to blood fresh Irish talent.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Face contorted as sharp instructions are barked, subtle nods and hand signals exchanged with fitness guru Jason Cowman, Corporal Schmidt during the I(...)

How Japanese  sports newspapers reporting on Japan’s win over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.  Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

Wisdom follows sacrifice. Deep into the wilderness, macaque country, where western civilisation could never thrive, where only Samurai and Buddhist mo(...)

“What the Lions are doing is very much a Saracens approach, to put a brand on it, and Saracens don’t get tipped over very often.”

Not exactly the forgotten man, Robbie Deans could so easily be in and around Auckland this weekend. The sliding doors of fate connived otherwise. Inst(...)

Australia’s flanker David Pocock  knocks-on as he attempts to score a try against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika will be looking for improvement from the Wallabies next year after losing nine of 15 tests in 2016 but they will have (...)

Joe Schmidt: “It is something that I’ve committed to, making a decision once we get back from Africa.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed he will make a decision after this summer’s tour to South Africa regarding whether or not he will extend his tenure as Irish(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika enjoys a good laugh  during an Australia media session at the Grange Wellington Hotel  in London, United Kingdom. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even with two players on the way home Michael Cheika didn’t flinch at the Australian team hotel in Pimlico. Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton are out of t(...)

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