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New Zealand Listener - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - By FIONA RAE

RUGBY SEVENS The cur­rent world cham­pi­ons, the mag­nif­i­cent Black Ferns Sevens have been a dom­i­nat­ing force since the World Rugby Women’s Sevens be­gan in 2012, but Aus­tralia have been mak­ing the run­ning in the first two rounds of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Hot from the Com­mon­wealth Games, the Ferns roll into Ja­pan for the third round (SS3, Sun­day, 6.15pm).

BOWLS

The Bowls Premier League is like the NBL for bowls: one New Zealand and seven Aussie teams com­pete in fast­paced, tele­vi­sion-friendly bian­nual tour­na­ments. Can the NZ Black­jacks best the Aussies? The prize pool is a handy $100,000. Cov­er­age is live from the Nae­nae Bowl­ing Club in Lower Hutt from Mon­day-Thurs­day (SS4, 6.00pm).

SNOOKER

The most bor­ing sport in the his­tory of bor­ing sports is pop­ping up on Sky for the 20th and fi­nal rank­ing event of the 2018 World Snooker Cham­pi­onship, live from the Cru­cible Theatre in Sh­effield. De­fend­ing world cham­pion Mark Selby takes on the best of the rest from Satur­day (SS Pop-up 2, 9.00pm).

RUGBY

The plucky Ja­panese Sun­wolves front up for a crush­ing at the hands of the Crusaders at AMI Sta­dium in round 10 of the Su­per Rugby sea­son (SS1, Satur­day, 7.00pm). The Sun­wolves then travel to Welling­ton to face the Hur­ri­canes on Fri­day (SS1, 7.00pm). The Chiefs are on the road, play­ing the Queens­land Reds at Sun­corp Sta­dium (SS1, Satur­day, 9.40pm). The Mel­bourne Rebels, the top Aus­tralian team at press time, must deal with the Bulls at Lof­tus Vers­feld (SS1, Sun­day, 1.00am), be­fore the Sharks and the Storm­ers go at it in Dur­ban (SS1, Sun­day, 3.10am). Fi­nally, the Jaguares fin­ish their Aus­tralian tour tak­ing on the Brumbies in Can­berra (SS1, Sun­day, 6.00pm). Next stop, New Zealand.

Sun­wolves player Ko­taro Mat­sushima

Mark Selby

Michaela Blyde

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