New Zealand’s All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen says focus is on the World Cup. Reuters
New Zealand began the on-field build-up to their defence of the World Cup with a scratch combination and a scratchy 20-16 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus described debutant Herschel Jantjies as “awesome” after the 23-year-old scrum-half scored two tries in a 35-17 triumph over Australia in their opening Rugby Championship clash on Saturday.
With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament could produce a surprise or two amid the tinkering with tactics and selections.
The right-handed batsman had been playing in a four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire but did not bat in their second innings on Saturday's third day. He scored 25 in the first innings on Thursday.
In another dominant performance, UAE defeated hosts Malaysia by five wickets in the final of the ACC Women’s T20 Championship on Saturday.
Petra Kvitova warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the Eastbourne singles title for the first time with a 6-3, 6-2 rout of Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday.