Helping rugby shed its old skin
Anna Rawhiti-Connell used to be anti-rugby but now sits on a provincial rugby union board and treasures the social, cultural and political aspects of the modern sport.
Emotional All Blacks out to end era in style
As tears wet his cheeks, Dane Coles started and stopped twice before managing to admit it was great to have his family in Tokyo.
The grim reality of the Springboks’ win
Nearly two and half decades after Nelson Mandela and Francois Pinnear stood shoulder-to-shoulder in triumph, South Africa delivered another poignant sporting moment for the world to ponder.
Players pawns in rugby’s game of chess
Rugby unions big and small have made their global calls, but once again many players will be the ones missing out on any upside, writes Ashley Stanley