Captain propels Caps
CRICKET: Black Caps captain Kane Williamson scored his 19th test century to help lead New Zealand into a powerful position after day four of the third test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Williamson and Henry Nicholls put on an unbroken stand of 212 for the fifth wicket, guiding the Black Caps to 272 for 4, a lead of 198 ahead of the fifth day overnight. Williamson resumed at 139 while Nicholls was unbeaten on 90.
Black Sticks advance HOCKEY: Two late goals helped the Black Sticks men advance to the last 12 at the Hockey World Cup in India. New Zealand came from two goals down to draw 2-all with Spain in their final pool match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar yesterday, with goals from Hayden Phillips (50th minute) and Kane Russell (56th). Pool winners Argentina were stunned 5-3 by France who leapfrogged New Zealand to finish second in the pool.
Five ABs in best team RUGBY: Five All Blacks have been selected in the Rugby World magazine’s team of the year. Curiously, Beauden Barrett was picked at fullback despite not starting a single test there at all this year. Joining Barrett are All Black teammates Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane on the wings, Brodie Retallick at lock and captain Kieran Read at No 8.
Pulu loses captaincy RUGBY: Augustine Pulu has been dumped as Blues captain for 2019. New coach Leon MacDonald has announced lock Patrick Tuipulotu and openside flanker Blake Gibson have been handed the reins. Gibson was the original captain for Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup victory but suffered an injury early on. Tuipulotu was his deputy but only played one game before being called up to the All Blacks.