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

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Wilson Whineray pictured in 1963

Former All Blacks captain Sir Wilson Whineray dies

Former New Zealand captain Sir Wilson Whineray has died in Auckland aged 77, the New Zealand Rugby Union has announced.

Stop gap: New Zealand full-back Israel Dagg fails to get past Australia’s Nick Phipps during yesterday’s draw

New Zealand fall short in bid to equal world record

Australia 18 New Zealand 18

Richie McCaw has led the All Blacks to 16 Test wins in a row

Merciless McCaw wants wounded Wallaby scalps

Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.

Mitchell coached the All Blacks at the 2003 World Cup

Bryan Redpath admits John Mitchell appointment leaves him undermined as Sale coach

Bryan Redpath, yet to win a Premiership game as head coach at Sale since making a deeply controversial switch from Gloucester at the end of last season, tacitly admitted yesterday that his role will be diluted if and when John Mitchell, one of the big hitters in world rugby, joins the club on a full-time basis.

Jason Shoemark (pictured) scored two of Exeter's five tries, with Brett Sturgess, Ben White and Sireli Naqelevuki scoring the others

Aviva Premiership round-up: Shoemark's double seals Exeter win

It was party time at Exeter as the Chiefs marked their 50th Aviva Premiership match with a 42-28 victory over Harlequins that earned them a try-scoring bonus point and prevented the visitors from going back to the top of the table.

Fly boy: Cory Jane puts the All Blacks in command with a first-half try

Carter completes Wallaby misery

New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a comfortable 27-19 victory over Australia in the inaugural southern-hemisphere four-nation tournament, extending their hold over their rivals.

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Deans resists biting back

The Australia coach, Robbie Deans, refused to take the bait after being accused by of lacking confidence in his World Cup side for today's opening game of the Rugby Championship against New Zealand in Sydney.

Valerie Adams won gold after a rival's disqualification

Valerie Adams is still waiting for her gold medal

Valerie Adams will be not just one of 11 London Olympic champions in action in the Stockholm Diamond League meeting tonight; the New Zealand shot putter will be the only one without the 2012 gold medal.

FISA said that Eton Dorney was the best venue with the rapturous crowd being one of the key contributing factors

London 2012 rowing regatta the best of all time, says FISA

The London 2012 Olympic rowing regatta has been declared the best of all time by the sport's world governing body FISA.

Horacio Agulla in action for Leicester

Bath sign Argentina wing Horacio Agulla from Leicester

Bath have signed Argentina wing Horacio Agulla from Leicester in the belief the benefits of his international commitments will outweigh his lengthy absences.

Robin Scott-Elliot: The toughest challenge in sport leaves Ireland all black and blue

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Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: 'They smashed us today and, as a result, we weren't able to put together many phases. There was an amount of unforced errors on top of that.'

O'Driscoll sickened after Ireland 'smashed' by All Blacks

New Zealand 60 Ireland 0

Wallabies dish up second heartbreaker for Wales

Australia 20 Wales 19: Another cliff-hanger defeat for the Grand Slam champions Down Under

New Zealand thrash Ireland 60-0 to claim series sweep

 New Zealand posted a record-breaking 60-0 thrashing of Ireland in their third and final test match at Waikato Stadium this morning to complete a series sweep.

Keith Earls

Keith Earls returns as full-strength Ireland target victory over New Zealand

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has named his strongest possible team for the third Test against a New Zealand team weakened by the loss of Dan Carter.

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