Rare rugby test at North Harbour and should be a cracker as the top two Rugby Championship teams go at it. Elsewhere, there’s the start of the domestic national league championship, Mitre 10 Cup, Heartland and women's rugby and the last day of strokeplay golf at Waitangi. Popular road relay championships from Mt Smart today and the annual Glen Eden 10 mile road race tomorrow.
Mitre 10 Heartland Championship ( all games 2.30pm unless stated; home team first), week four, North Otago v King Country 2pm; Poverty Bay v East Coast; South Canterbury v Wanganui; Thames Valley v Buller 1.30pm; Wairarapa Bush v Mid Canterbury; West Coast v Horowhenua Kapiti.
Farah Palmer Cup, women's national championship, today, Hawkes Bay v Otago, Tremain Field 11am; Auckland v Counties Manukau, Bell Park noon; Canterbury v Manawatu, Rugby Park noon; Bay of Plenty v North Harbour, Rotorua International Stadium 2pm; Waikato v Wellington, Marist Rugby Club 2.45pm. Friday, Manawatu v Waikato, Central Energy Trust Arena 5.05pm.