Prime Minister John Key began the day happily speculating
aloud with reporters about whether National might work with
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in a third-term
government, with the potential demise of his support parties.
Australia's batting potency shapes as the key determinant in
how they fare tonight against a New Zealand side boosted by a
one-wicket Champions Trophy escape against Sri Lanka and a
series victory over England.
He might not be regarded affectionately by local footy fans
after his feats for the Chiefs, but All Black lock Brodie
Retallick is enjoying being home in Canterbury to prepare for
Saturday's second test against France.
Matthew Elliott brings up his 250-game milestone as an NRL
coach when the Warriors face the Roosters in Sydney on Sunday
night but he's more interested in seeing his side continuing
their three-game winning run than his own landmark.