New Zealand’s team attend a training session in Kashiwa, Japan, on Tuesday. Associated Press
Treble-chasing New Zealand’s supremacy looks set to face a serious test from multiple challengers as the clock ticks down to an eagerly awaited Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Wellington: The All Blacks on Tuesday warned Australia will face intense physical battle in the Bledisloe Cup decider but vowed to stay on the right side of the law. The world champions were keen to place the emphasis on discipline for Saturday’s crunch match in Auckland after lock Scott Barrett was handed a three-match
Steve Hansen will not be wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks coach confirming he will give his core group a run against Tonga in their final match ahead of the global showpiece.
"The decision has been taken to ensure protection of all the Race's participants," said the Higher Organising Committee, adding that "safety comes at the top of all priorities."
Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday to set up a Dubai Championships semi-final against Dan Evans.
Defending champions Quetta Gladiators produced a stunning run-chase to defeat Islamabad United by five wickets in the first-ever HBL Pakistan Super League