New Zealand

Dynamite combo: Kieran Read and Richie McCaw have plenty experience together for New Zealand

Rugby statistics: World Cup combinations

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been frequently reminded this month that time is running out to nail down a preferred side for the World Cup. The theory that experience…

Kieran Read

Wales v New Zealand: Talking points

Nearly. Nearly. Nearly. There will surely come a point where all health and life insurance policies sold in Wales will require an additional response being added to the suitability questionnaire.…

Conor Murray salutes the Irish fans

Autumn Internationals: Week three report

IN A NUTSHELL Scotland 37-12 Tonga A change of tactics at half-time allowed Scotland to take total control at Rugby Park and stretch away from 14-12 up to beat the…

IRPA Tries of the Year 2014

IRPA Tries of the Year 2014

There have been some spellbinding tries in this international year but it was left to IRPA (International Rugby Players Association) to sift through the footage and nominate five outstanding tries.…

Not overawed: Scotland stood up to an experimental All Blacks side and gave them a scare

Scotland v New Zealand: Talking points

The All Blacks are still the best at closing out tight games Scotland came closer than they have in more than a decade to breaking their 109 year drought against…

Teddy Thomas

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Saints Teddy Thomas: Remember the name The 21-year-old from Biarritz is the latest player to be anointed the ‘the prochaine grand chose’ in French rugby. It’s not hard to see…

Imposing sight: The haka has provoked varied responses from opposition teams over the years

Responding to the haka

One-on-one At its heart, the haka is a symbolic ritual representing the challenge laid down by one team to another. But the Kapa O Pango’s group mentality belies the more…