No 8 Kieran Read is expected to be fit to play in next week's
test against France but lock Dominic Bird's All Blacks
ambitions will need to be put on hold after news he will need
shoulder surgery that will put him out of the remainder of
the Super Rugby competition.
Valerie Adams might have continued her long winning streak
with victory at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon,
today but it was by only 3cm and her biggest throw came late
in the competition.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has made a rare personal
attack on Prime Minister John Key, comparing him to former
Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in a scathing speech which
accused the National-led Government of "crony capitalism".