The week’s best live action
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).
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).
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).
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