Cheika's 'united' Wallabies a tough Test - Dowd
The Wallabies came ever so close to upsetting the All Blacks in Dunedin and they're better placed to end a long run of Bledisloe defeats in Brisbane this weekend, Craig Dowd writes.
Wallabies must pressure 'nervous' All Blacks.
Australia must capitalise on their opportunities early in Bledisloe III, Grand Slam-winning coach Alan Jones telling ESPN the Wallabies have proven they can mix it with the world champions.
Cheika must find Foley back-up - Growden
If anything untoward happens to Bernard Foley, Australian Rugby will find themselves floundering. That's why Wallabies coach Michael Cheika must start the search for a proper backup -- Greg Growden writes.
Hansen: Excited to play in Brisbane.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen looks ahead to Saturday's Bledisloe Cup match against Australia, in Brisbane.
Whitelock: A confident Australia very dangerous.
All Black Sam Whitelock is wary of Australia ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane this Saturday.
Australia to host Test series against Ireland.
Ireland will travel to Australia next June for a three-match Test series.
This is Kurtley Beale's Bledisloe Test
Kurtley Beale has been regarded as Australian rugby's great hope since he was a schoolboy, but never has he had the opportunity that presents itself against the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium this week.
Folau's dominant TRC stats.
The stats that highlight Israel Folau's great form at the The Rugby Championship tournament.
Hunt and Korczyk back in Wallabies mix
Karmichael Hunt and Adam Korczyk have earned Wallabies recalls while coach Michael Cheika has named three fresh development players ahead of next weekend's third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.
Hansen wary of well-stocked Wallabies
The All Blacks coach believes fit-again Karmichael Hunt's push for a return is evidence of the Wallabies' improved depth, agreeing that New Zealand had built better depth than most of their rivals in recent years.
Baldwin explains 'lucky escape' after lion bite
Wales hooker Scott Baldwin was told escaping serious injury following an encounter with a lion in South Africa was "like winning the lottery".
Gatland: I'll never coach the Lions again
After two impressive tours with the British & Irish Lions, Warren Gatland says he will not take up the job again.
Gatland urges Webb to reconsider Toulon move
Rhys Webb is the main casualty of the Welsh Rugby Union's change in policy on overseas-based players with Warren Gatland admitting he feels uncomfortable about the scrum-half's situation.
European weekend review
It was a fascinating opening round of European rugby as Exeter edged Glasgow, Scarlets pushed Toulon all the way and Saracens laid down the gauntlet to their challengers.
Hodgson set for Baa-Baas in Jones' Force homage
Retired Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson will join Quade Cooper in Alan Jones' Barbarians squad to face the Wallabies in Sydney, a match the Grand Slam winner hopes will pay homage to players from the dumped Super Rugby franchise.
We need to take shackles off Quade, KB.
Grand Slam-winning coach Alan Jones talks exclusively to ESPN about his plans for the Barbarians and how he'll use Quade Cooper against the Wallabies, and questions whether Kurtley Beale is playing in the right position.
Cooper in the mix for spring tour: Cheika
There will be plenty of fringe Wallabies desperate to impress in the annual Barbarians fixture, but not all of them will be wearing green and gold.
Cape Town thriller just what world rugby needed
The tremendous Test match between South Africa and New Zealand in Cape Town was full of everything you could want from a game of rugby, including almost 10 extra first-half minutes, Craig Dowd writes.
Che Guevara: Argentina's most famous No. 9
Half a century after his death, Huw Richards looks back at the role rugby played in the Argentine revolutionary's life.
Pick & stick: Cohesive Wallabies salute for Cheika
Australia's most coherent performance of 2017 came after Michael Cheika at long last showed some sanity and clarity at the selection table. But the Wallabies coach must now heed the lessons from Mendoza ahead of Bledisloe III, Greg Growden writes.
Lancaster responds to Andrew criticism
Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has expressed his surprise at the criticism aimed at him by Rob Andrew.
The Harare Haka.
New Zealand All Blacks' legendary pregame Haka makes its way to a Zimbabwe high school.
Photos -- Inside a haka tradition for a Zimbabwean rugby team
Twenty-two years ago, the Churchill High School starting lineup needed a game-time ritual to differentiate themselves. And they found what they were looking for in the All Blacks' pregame haka.
Wallabies down Pumas in Mendoza
The Wallabies have secured second spot on the Rugby Championship table after an impressive win over Argentina.
Wallaby Hodge steals Folau's thunder
Reece Hodge has hailed the Wallabies pack and star-studded backline after stealing Israel Folau's thunder with a career-first Test try-scoring double in Australia's 37-20 Rugby Championship win over Argentina.
Hansen lauds young guns after ABs triumph
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has given his young players credit after a late try saw them stagger to a one-point Rugby Championship win over South Africa.
All Blacks hold off spirited Springboks
New Zealand finished the 2017 Rugby Championship unbeaten after holding off a spirited South African side 25-24 at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday night.
Fulltime at TG Milner where the NZ Schoolboys defeated Australia Schools 34-11. The New Zealanders were bigger, faster and stronger, running in six tries to one. Definitely some Super Rugby potential and maybe even a few future All Blacks.
Halftime in Schoolboys Test between Australia and New Zealand are TG Milner in Sydney, the visitors leading 10-6 at the break. Pretty even contest to date, but NZ making the better of the opportunities that come their way.
Andrew slams Lancaster for Burgess 'blunder'
Former RFU director of professional rugby Rob Andrew has slammed Stuart Lancaster in his new book, suggesting ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster made an 'almighty blunder' in selecting Sam Burgess for the 2015 World Cup.
All Blacks forged in Gallaher's image
It is 100 years since former New Zealand captain Dave Gallaher died in battle, but no one has played a more significant role in the country's rugby development.
Thorn to bring All Blacks culture to the Reds.
Brad Thorn believes his experience as an All Black can help him as head coach of the Queensland Reds.
Koroibete emerges from Wallabies' abyss
When a national coach opts for a reckless selection policy, amongst the many duds he eventually has to pick a good one. Enter Marika Koroibete in Bloemfontein, the scene of yet another missed Wallabies' opportunity.
England's Sinckler handed seven-week ban
Kyle Sinckler will miss England's autumn internationals against Argentina and Australia after being given a seven-week suspension for making contact with an opponent's eye.
Kyle Sinckler has talent and front-row nous way beyond his years and his performances on the British & Irish Lions tour propelled him into the next level of rugby's consciousness. But since his role in the Test series against the All Blacks, he has been arrested and now banned for seven weeks after being found guilty of making contact with Michael Paterson's eyes at the weekend. Eddie Jones wants to see aggression from his players, but there is a line and Sinckler has clearly crossed it. He must learn from this. The England door is far from shut, but he must find his balance on rugby's disciplinary tightrope.
Wallabies long for No.8 in Tim Gavin mould
In the late 1980s-mid 90s, Tim Gavin was so dominant play that for several years he was rated the best No.8 in world rugby. Twenty-odd years later, it's a Gavin-like complete back-rower the Wallabies crave, Greg Growden writes.
Comparing the three bids to host RWC 2023
France, Ireland and South Africa all presented to World Rugby's council for what they hope will be the winning bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023. ESPN dissects what each country is offering.
World Rugby has tough job picking RWC 2023 host
Delegations from France, Ireland and South Africa pulled out all the stops to World Rugby on Monday to showcase why their country should host the 2023 World Cup. Now it's World Rugby's turn to make a tough call.
Is this the next big All Blacks superstar?
He's the hot-stepping, spin-moving, hat-trick scoring hooker regarded as New Zealand's next big thing, and Asafo Aumua is certainly living up to expectations in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.
Remember the name: Asafo Aumua.
New Zealand have another gem ready to step off their rugby production line, with Wellington youngster Asafo Aumua a potential inclusion on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour.
Phase Two: Assessing England ahead of RWC2019
Eddie Jones is entering the second phase of his tenure as he looks to guide England to World Cup glory in 2019. ESPN looks at what headaches he has over the next two years.
Jones: I can't influence England recruitment
Eddie Jones has ruled out making a raid on rugby league to improve England's World Cup prospects in the mould of Sam Burgess' doomed cross-code switch.
Vunipola: Lions win 3-0 if Jones in charge
Billy Vunipola has supported Sean O'Brien's criticism of the British & Irish Lions coaching staff and even claimed that Eddie Jones would've guided the side to a 3-0 series win in New Zealand.
NZ rugby 'DNA' sets All Blacks apart - Dowd
The All Blacks' astonishing 57-0 thrashing of the once-mighty Springboks is not just a feather in the cap of the national side itself, but New Zealand rugby as a whole. It all comes back to the country's rugby DNA -- Craig Dowd writes.
2019 World Cup behind schedule
Organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan have been warned their preparations are not progressing as smoothly as they should.
Exclusive: Bryan Habana uncertain of Springbok future
Springboks legend Bryan Habana says he can look back on his international career and be 'unbelievably proud' if he doesn't add to his 124 appearances for South Africa.
Could Habana make Springboks return?
Bryan Habana spoke at DNAFit's London HQ about the upcoming Test between the All Blacks and South Africa as well as his International future.
Where to now for woeful Springboks?
Allister Coetzee's Springboks suffered their first defeat of the year by the All Blacks in Albany. KweséESPN looks at some of the coach's main concerns after the humiliating Rugby Championship defeat at the hands of their fierce rivals.
Evans on Smith: 'He's really gifted. He gets it'
Nick Evans knows what it takes to get to the top of professional rugby and while Marcus Smith is taking a different route to him, he is confident the teenage fly-half can be a success for club and country.
Fifita announces ABs arrival as Wallabies long for Pocock
On Saturday, we witnessed the arrival of yet another extraordinary All Blacks back-rower. Meanwhile, Australian fans were left dreaming about the return of their own back-row hero -- Greg Growden writes.
Rugby player shoves referee in the face.
A rugby player has been banned for 10 years after he shoved a referee in the face during his grand final match. (courtesy @BarTVsports/Twitter)
New Zealand's WRWC win a great advert
Adverts for the Women's Rugby World Cup will not have come any bigger, brasher or louder than on Saturday night as New Zealand beat England 41-32 in a thrilling final.
New Zealand win World Cup final
New Zealand have beaten England 41-32 in the Women's Rugby World Cup final in Belfast.
WRWC wrap: France third, Ireland fall to Wales
France were made to hold off a late salvo from the United States as they secured the bronze medal at the Women's Rugby World Cup with a 31-23 win at the Kingspan Stadium.
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