New Zealand leads England by 393 runs after day two of their cricket series decider in Auckland.
Peter Fulton’s first Test century and Kane Williamson’s 83 lifted New Zealand to 250-1 against England on day one of their cricket series decider in Auckland.
England and New Zealand will enter the final match of their cricket series tied at 0-0 after the last day of the second Test in Wellington was abandoned because of rain.
England defeated New Zealand by five wickets in Auckland to win their one-day international cricket series 2-1.
New Zealand needed fourth-choice fly-half Stephen Donald to kick the decisive penalty in the 8-7 Rugby World Cup final win over France that ended the host nation’s 24-year gap between titles.
England took advantage of short boundaries to post its highest Twenty20 total and beat New Zealand by 40 runs to open their three-match cricket series.
France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 in their Rugby World Cup semifinal to become the first team to advance to the final after losing two pool matches.
New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the closest-ever Rugby World Cup final, ending a run of five failures at the championship of its national sport.
Australia recalled fly-half Quade Cooper and dropped full-back Kurtley Beale for this weekend’s Rugby Championship game against New Zealand, which made one change to the team that won the tournament opener.
New Zealand will try to win its first Rugby World Cup since 1987 in two days against a France team given little or no chance by bookmakers. The All Blacks say they are ignoring the betting market.