Australia Rugby

New Zealand beat Australia 27-16

Conrad Smith (L) of New Zealand is tackled by Ben Mowen of Australia during the 2nd Bledisloe Cup game rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Winger Ben Smith kept up his prolific try-scoring record in test matches this season, touching down twice as New Zealand took advantage of lax defence to beat Australia 27-16 in the Rugby Championship and retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 7:38pm

Digby Ioane try lifts Wallabies to victory over Pumas

Australian Wallabies' wing Digby Ioane (right) celebrates with teammates Michael Hooper (centre) and Ben Tapuai.  Photo: AFP

Australia wing Digby Ioane scored a superb mid-second half try to set up a 25-19 triumph over Argentina Saturday in a penalty-saturated final match of the Rugby Championship season.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:33pm

Aussies prepare for Pumas pounding

Kurtley Beale will be in action against Argentina. Photo: AP

Robbie Deans, the embattled coach of Australia, has beefed up his team in anticipation of a pounding from Argentina today.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:35pm

Wynne Gray

It's a new twist on the old theme. Knock, knock, who's there, anyone going to the Bledisloe Cup test? It's not a scenario the New Zealand or Australian Rugby unions envisaged when they shipped the Bledisloe Cup offshore two years ago.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:03pm

Perfect combination of business and pleasure

Russell Black, Projects Director, MTR Corporation

I have the normal New Zealand rugby 'credentials'. I played for 20 years, starting when I was five. I'll never forget the first international tour match I attended. It was 1956 and Waikato destroyed the Springboks 14-10. It was a character-building experience.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:01pm

Tough-as-nails Beadman melts at the sight of a Wallaby

It was supposed to be a fair exchange - silks for a jersey - but Darren Beadman looked as if he had landed the Melbourne Cup as he clung on to his precious Wallaby jersey handed to him by a group of Australian players after yesterday's training run at So Kon Po.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:55pm

Wallabies jersey still means more to Aussies than yen

While the Australian Rugby Union are not reluctant to 'export' the Wallabies to Asia, they are more averse to raiding Japanese corporations trying to whip away the cream of their rugby players.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:51pm