Sport Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

Dan Carter was named Player of the Year for a second time, at the IRB's annual awards

Dan Carter leads blackwash of top IRB awards

New Zealand have completed a clean sweep of the International Rugby Board's major annual awards.

The Sports Matrix: Monday 3 December 2012

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Ireland back-row forward Donnacha Ryan

How hemispheres compare... What have the autumn fixtures taught us? And are England world-beaters now?

England have cause for cheer, Scotland have silver linings, Wales are in a bad place but Ireland can be optimistic. By Chris Hewett tries to work out what it all means

New Zealand will be the team to avoid in today’s World Cup draw

Hosts sweating on World Cup fate in draw of terrors

Almost three years before the event, the draw for the 2015 World Cup will be made on the banks of the Thames this afternoon by Boris Johnson, among others. The Mayor of London may understand more about the sport of ping-pong – or "wiff waff", as he has been known to call it – than he does about rugby, but not even the truest aficionado of the union game could have predicted the rankings ahead of today's formalities.

Glittering prize: Chris Robshaw displays the fruits of his side's labour in giving the All Blacks a cold bath

Robshaw goes straight to the top of the class

England have much to do but display of maturity bodes well for future

Wales manager Warren Gatland

Wales on the ropes and eager to avoid seventh defeat on bounce

Gatland plays down effect on World Cup hopes should his side lose to Australia

England's Tom Wood

England v New Zealand: An All Black battering in store unless Red Rose are fully focused

Home team admit they have a mighty tall order containing an opponent without weaknesses

The running of Australia’s No 10 Kurtley Beale will be a big threat to Wales this afternoon

Jamie Roberts: Wales have to build on fightback to worry the Wallabies

Millennium Eye: The second half against the All Blacks is the best we have played this autumn

Wales’ Jonathan Davies hands off New Zealand’s Andrew Hore last Saturday

The view from New Zealand: England have a nasty knack of getting under our skin

It's a great All Black era, but if the home team can drag us down to their level, you never know, writes Winston Aldworth in Auckland

Chris Robshaw ‘is doing a great job,’ claims Stuart Lancaster

Richie McCaw defends under-fire England captain Chris Robshaw

England take on New Zealand tomorrow

Owen Farrell

Fearless Owen Farrell is hungry to tackle brilliant All Blacks

England's raw outside-half insists he is ready to go head-to-head with returning New Zealand star Dan Carter

Owen Farrell will go head to head with Dan Carter

Owen Farrell must give England bite against New Zealand

Outside-half's aggression will be key to home hopes as Lancaster looks to combat Dan Carter and All Blacks

Wales forward Matthew Rees in action during yesterday’s training session

Potent David Pocock returns for Australia to worry Wales

Australia welcome back their inspirational No 7 as Warren Gatland's team aim to avoid a whitewash

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell to go head-to-head with Dan Carter when England take on New Zealand

Farrell handed the number 10 jersey in Toby Flood's absence

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