New Zealand’s Conrad Smith  after scoring a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match against the Australian in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Australia 29 New Zealand 47: Winger Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as a ruthless New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship title defence with a six-tr(...)

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies is tackled by Rob Kearney of the Lions during the tour match between the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium last June. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie had promised surprises and he delivered yesterday by handing flyhalf Matt Toomua his first cap and putting Quade Coo(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is named in the South Africa team to face Argentina in Soweto. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

World Cup winner Fourie du Preez was named on the bench for South Africa yesterday as he prepares to end a two-year spell out of the international gam(...)

 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)

 Robbie Deans.   Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Robbie Deans has been sacked as Australia head coach following the Wallabies’ Test series defeat to the British and Irish Lions, according to reports(...)

Zane Kirchner in action for South Africa against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Leinster are hoping to have new signing Zane Kirchner released before his contract expires on October 31st. This would make him available for t(...)

Australian international Adam Ashley-Cooper in action against Argentina. Photograph: Stephen Hight/Inpho

Versatile Australia international Adam Ashley-Cooper has turned down offers from abroad and signed a new deal which will keep him at home until(...)

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