Crusaders should look outside

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach, pictured here with Richie McCaw, will help decide Todd Blackadder's successor.

OPINION: Tabai Matson at shortest odds to take over from Blackadder.

Reason: 'Agent of change' Jones

Eddie Jones will have his hands full as the coach of England but if he's given the mandate to make wholesale changes to the way players are contracted, he could turn his side into a test rugby powerhouse.

OPINION: Blood to drip from English rugby's red rose by next Christmas, be it coach's or the Machiavellian clubs'.

Lomu: An unstoppable force

Jeff Wilson and Jonah Lomu get to grips with the Springboks in 1999.

OPINION: Goldie remembers being a wispy fullback alongside the then "blockbusting No 8".

'I am a devil and an angel'

Eddie Jones has taken the heading coaching reins at the world's most powerful rugby union, England.

OPINION: Eddie Jones will demand a high workrate as he seeks to turn England around.

Stephen Jones: Lomu a master of power and timing

Jonah Lomu leapt to global prominence at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.

From teen Sevens star to global powerhouse, Lomu's breakthrough was matter of shock and awe.

Hinton: Understanding Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu takes on George Gregan and the Wallabies in the game from heaven in Sydney in 2000.

Rugby's most recognizable and fearsome figure was also its most openhearted and generous.

Jonah's soft hands, big heart

Harlequins, in white, and Cardiff Blues players participate in a minute's applause for former All Blacks and Cardiff player Jonah Lomu before their European Rugby Challenge Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday. Harlequins won 32-20.

OPINION: Jonah was the first – and arguably only – global rugby superstar.

Jones means danger for ABs

Eddie Jones knows what it takes to fill trophy cabinets as he showed during his early stint with the Wallabies, winning the Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup at the All Blacks' expense.

OPINION: Clever Eddie's imminent appointment as England coach spells danger for the All Blacks.

Childhood scars drove Lomu

Jonah Lomu of the All Blacks evades Jason Little of Australia during a Tri-Nations clash in Sydney.

OPINION: Be thankful for knowing an extraordinary man, writes ex-England international Brian Moore.

Jonah more than rugby giant

Radio personality Grant Kereama donated a kidney to Jonah Lomu in 2004.

Jonah Lomu will be remembered as a man of great courage and character, writes Phil Gifford.

Aussies: ABs aura gone now

Richie McCaw and Quade Cooper, the one player who was able to get under his skin.

OPINION: Without McCaw, Australian hopes are raised of their first Bledisloe success in a decade.

Hinton: No slip under new skip

Over to you, mate. Richie McCaw is now ready to hand the All Blacks captaincy over to his long-time colleague Kieran Read.

OPINION: No need for panic or consternation, Kieran Read will be the next All Blacks captain.

Reason: Lomu bigger than sport video

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu.

OPINION: Lomu wasn’t about sport. He was bigger than that. He pushed human boundaries.

Randell: Gifted, but a little shy

All Blacks great Jonah Lomu and former captain Taine Randell play against the Wallabies in 2001.

OPINION: Jonah Lomu the best and the worst, something his ABs captain could relate to.

How can such a force be gone?

Jonah Lomu in action during the Rugby World Cup semifinal between the All Blacks and France at Twickenham in 1999.

OPINION: Jonah Lomu, dead? It scarcely seems credible, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Burgess has no right to whinge

Sam Burgess arrives in Sydney to revive his NRL career weeks after taking part in England's World Cup disaster.

OPINION: We will now hear the case of Sam Burgess v the English RFU.

2015: Cups, majors and golds

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hold the Webb Ellis Cup aloft at Twickenham after beating the Wallabies in the final.

OPINION: Triumph at Twickers even better than Ko's first major victory, writes Marc Hinton.

England gave Sam too much

Sam Burgess, left, talks to England captain, Chris Robshaw during an England training session at the recent Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: Sam Burgess' defection back to league a slap in the face to those who invested in him.

AB 'three-peat' bad for the game

Sonny Bill Williams, right, will be 34 when the next Rugby World Cup rolls around - a senior statesman among an exciting depth of talent for coach Steve Hansen, left, to shape.

OPINION: Why New Zealand's 'crazy' depth of talent risks ruining rugby.

Strong rivalry is much needed

Big rivals: Daniel Vettori, left, and Brad Haddin has some exchanges at the crease during their careers.

OPINION: It's encouraging to witness a rising tension between the Black Caps and Aussies.

Alternative World Rugby Awards

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore showed his countrymen in the baggy greens what class is.

OPINION: From an ageless warrior to a gracious Australian, presenting the World Cup's real winners...

Hinton: Yes sir? No sir, please!

Prime Minister John Key congratulates Richie McCaw after the World Cup victory. But is that where it should end?

OPINION: Sir Richie? Sir Shag? There's something about sporting knighthoods that just doesn't sit right.

Reason: Carter the creator video

Dan Carter celebrates the World Cup win after the final whistle.

OPINION: New Zealand loves Richie McCaw, but the world loves Dan Carter more.

RWC heroes homebound gallery video

All Blacks players load the team bus headed for London Heathrow.

Weary heads and sore bodies, but it's mission accomplished for the All Blacks as they head home.

SBW - gifted, generous, gracious video

All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams draws a crowd wherever he goes - and always obliges with his generous personality.

OPINION: Often portrayed as a prima donna, this All Blacks hero is more a humble dad.

Hansen snub disgraceful

At least Steve Hansen has rugby's biggest prize of all to make up for being overlooked for World Rugby's coach of the year award.

OPINION: Handing coach of the year honours to Aussie Michael Cheika reeks of political correctness.

Brooke: ABs raised the bar gallery

All Blacks great Zinzan Brooke: "The kings are dead, long live the kings."

OPINION: To those expecting the ABs' fortunes to decline when old guard retire - they won't.

Contenders to replace Hansen

Ian Foster's close ties with Steve Hansen and six years in the All Blacks system will do him no harm when it comes to the next head coaching appointment in 2017.

OPINION: All Blacks coach's broad hint that he won't stay on past 2017 raises the question of who next?

Gifford: Heroic Hansen is Cup hero

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen deserves praise for the way he conducted himself throughout the Rugby World Cup, writes Phil Gifford.

OPINION: Was this the best Rugby World Cup yet? Well, if you're a Kiwi, it was certainly the most enjoyable.

Could McCaw do one more RWC?

Richie McCaw would be a huge asset to the All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

OPINION: Four more years, Richie? OK, that could be a bit of a stretch, but two would do.

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