It may be Waitangi Day, but sports fans have a busy schedule over the next few days with so much world-class action taking place.
The NRL Nines kicks off just after lunchtime on Saturday, and like it was last year, the Warriors come into the tournament as hot favourites. Shaun Johnson has recovered from a broken ankle that sidelined him for months and faces a stiff fitness test in the fact-paced Nines format. The event will also see the big debut of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in Warriors colours.
Set to become a millionaire during the match, Martin Guptill will be focused on helping the Blackcaps put Australia away for the second time in four days. The Blackcaps have an impressive winning record at Westpac Stadium, including victories over Australia in their last two ODI meetings at the venue. For the Australian side, fresh off one of their heaviest defeats ever that has left their media calling for blood, a win today is absolutely crucial and for much more than just keeping the series alive.
Over the ditch, Sonny Bill Williams will be looking to impress more than he managed to last weekend as the All Black Sevens attempt to go back-to-back and claim the Sydney leg of the HSBC Sevens Series. Quade Cooper was left out
Oh, and don’t forget the Super Bowl on Monday afternoon when the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.