WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Aupito William Sio recalled the terrifying day during his childhood when police officers holding German shepherd dogs turned up at his family home before dawn and shined flashlights into their faces while his father stood there helpless.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — England endured its first test series defeat at home since 2014 after meekly surrendering to New Zealand in less than an hour of play on the fourth day of the second test at Edgbaston on Sunday.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues will play the Dunedin-based Highlanders in the final of Super Rugby trans-Tasman next weekend after New Zealand champions the Crusaders fell short of a finals place in the tournament’s final round.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand opener Colin Munro plundered an unbeaten 90 off 36 balls as Islamabad United swept Quetta Gladiators by 10 wickets in the Pakistan Super League on Friday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — New Zealand made England suffer for dropped catches to trail by only 74 runs after day two of the second test at Edgbaston on Friday.
Replying to England's 303 all out, New Zealand was 229-3 after the unexpected dismissal of Will Young on 82 off the final ball of the day.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin, New Zealand-based Highlanders moved temporarily into first place in Super Rugby on Friday with a 33-12, bonus-point win over the ACT Brumbies.
The Wellington-based Hurricanes earlier had a 43-14 bonus-point win over Australian champions the Queensland Reds.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman's slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday for not focusing on the victims of the attacks.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence struck half-centuries as England reached 258-7 at the end of the opening day of the second and final test against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Thursday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — New Zealand will be without captain Kane Williamson for the second and final test against England starting Thursday because he is resting his injured elbow.
The decision was taken with the World Test Championship final against India from June 18-22 in mind, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Wednesday.
The British government called on England’s cricket authorities on Monday to reconsider the suspension of fast bowler Ollie Robinson while he is being investigated for making discriminatory posts on Twitter from 2012-13.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks captain Wayne “Buck” Shelford was knighted Monday in the New Zealand civil honors list commemorating the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
Shelford, who has recovered from lymphoma, was honored not only for his services to rugby but for his work as a men’s health advocate, in youth suicide prevention and as a champion of the Maori language.
LONDON (AP) — England batted slowly and carefully Sunday to hold out against New Zealand on the final day of the first test at Lord's which saw pacer Ollie Robinson later suspended for old abusive tweets.
LONDON (AP) — England fast bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket on Sunday pending an investigation into discriminatory tweets he posted from 2012-13.
Robinson will not be available for the second test against New Zealand starting Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
TARANTO, Italy (AP) — Nathan Outteridge steered Team Japan to victory in the podium race Sunday at the SailGP Taranto regatta after the United States' boat broke down while in the lead.
It was a big comeback for Outteridge, an Olympic gold and silver medalist who collided with the U.S.
LONDON (AP) — Rory Burns compiled his third century for England but a New Zealand side inspired by paceman Tim Southee remained in control after the fourth day of the first cricket test at Lord's on Saturday.
BANGKOK (AP) — Improved access to coronavirus vaccines and other tools needed to fight the pandemic are vital to crushing the pandemic and hastening a recovery, officials said Saturday in an online meeting of Pacific Rim economies.
LONDON (AP) — The third day of the first test between England and New Zealand was a washout at Lord's on Friday, increasing the likelihood of a draw.
England opener Rory Burns is unbeaten on 59 and captain Joe Root on 42 not out after the hosts reached stumps Thursday on 111-2 in the first innings.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues continued their winning streak in the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition with a 31-24 victory on Friday over the Australian champion Queensland Reds.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's top court on Friday left open the possibility that a man could be extradited to China to face murder charges in a landmark case that has big diplomatic implications.
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand built on test debutant Devon Conway's chanceless double-hundred by taking two early England wickets before Rory Burns and Joe Root mounted a recovery on Day 2 of the first test at Lord's on Thursday.
LONDON (AP) — Devon Conway became just the sixth player to hit a test century on debut at Lord’s, with the left-handed opener brilliantly anchoring New Zealand to 246-3 against England on Day 1 of the first match of the series Wednesday.
For Ollie Robinson, the day should have been all about the joy of taking two wickets on his test debut for England at Lord's.
Instead, he'll remember the biggest moment of his cricket career for the wrong reasons.
Staying in the present might be easier said than done for England and New Zealand in their two-match test series starting Wednesday.
For the New Zealanders, priority No. 1 this international summer is the inaugural World Test Championship final, which sees them taking on India in the southern English city of Southampton from June 18-22 — four days after the England series concludes.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it was the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as New Zealand's nascent space industry begins to take off.
New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for space cooperation and supporting the U.S.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Floodwaters in New Zealand receded on Tuesday, leaving behind a big mess on many farms in the Canterbury region and damage to a major bridge.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters the top priority was getting transport links working again, although it was unclear how long it would take to fix the bridge that connects the town of Ashburton to the main highway south.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia downplayed their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday with some recounting dramatic helicopter rescues as heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted both countries to close their borders.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — The Queensland Reds have managed to do what no other Australian team had done in 13 previous matches in Super Rugby this season — beat a New Zealand squad.
The Reds led 33-3 at halftime on Saturday and held on desperately for a 40-34 win over the Hamilton-based Chiefs at Townsville in north Queensland state.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion and host New Zealand will play perennial rival Australia on the opening day of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in October next year.
The schedule released early Friday in New Zealand shows the Black Ferns playing Australia in the last of three matches on Oct.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In the end, the buildup seemed to eclipse the finale.
People across New Zealand and around the world stayed up Wednesday to watch a cosmic event called a super blood moon, a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter-than-usual supermoon.
LONDON (AP) — Jofra Archer has had surgery on a long-standing right elbow injury, England said Wednesday, and is unlikely to play for the national team before July.
The paceman had the operation on Friday and his recovery will be reviewed by his consultant in four weeks, at which point Archer will receive further guidance about when he can start bowling again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis Monday when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Children's advocate Cindy Kiro said Monday she hopes to inspire Maori girls after becoming the first Indigenous woman appointed to the role of governor-general.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced she had picked Kiro for the largely ceremonial role as Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, and that the queen had approved.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's men's and women's rugby sevens teams both set themselves up as favorites for the Tokyo Olympics with commanding victories over Australia in weekend series.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia’s Super Rugby teams were once again embarrassed by their New Zealand opponents on the weekend, culminating with the Christchurch-based Crusaders' 63-28 win over the Queensland Reds.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s only professional soccer team, the Wellington Phoenix, played at home Saturday for the first time in 433 days after being separated from their fans by the coronavirus pandemic and the width of the Tasman Sea.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea scored a try in each half as the Wellington-based Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 35-13 on Friday to start the second round of the combined Australia-New Zealand Super Rugby tournament.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities said Friday they feared for the lives of five people who leapt from their fishing boat near Fiji earlier this week after alleged violence on board.
A sixth crew member who abandoned the vessel was found alive Thursday on an overturned life raft, while two more people who had remained aboard the fishing boat were due to be picked up by a military patrol boat.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has launched its bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, aiming to bring the sport's showcase event to the country for the third time.
Australia co-hosted the inaugural World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and was sole host of the 2003 tournament, when the Wallabies were beaten by England in the final of the event held every four years.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand plans to rebuild its Antarctic base and spend billions more on welfare payments as part of a spending program aimed at lifting the economy out of a coronavirus slump.
ROME (AP) — Former New Zealand international Kieran Crowley was hired as Italy rugby coach on Wednesday, replacing Franco Smith.
Crowley has been coach at Italian club Benetton since 2016. He coached at international level with Canada from 2008-16.
LONDON (AP) — Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex seam bowler Ollie Robinson were named in England's main test cricket squad for the first time on Tuesday for next month's two-match home series against New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A “shadow trial” of advanced eye-tracking technology will be conducted in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament in Australia and New Zealand as part of World Rugby’s bid to tackle head injuries by improving the detection of concussions.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa appeared set to get its first woman leader after the nation's top court on Monday reinstated the results of a knife-edge election last month.
Two decisions by the Supreme Court have paved the way for Fiame Naomi Mata’afa to become prime minister of the small island nation.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will play Fiji twice and Tonga once in July internationals.
The All Blacks were due to play two tests against Italy and one against Fiji, but Italy withdrew because of concerns about traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.
LONDON (AP) — England fast bowler Jofra Archer will miss next month's test series against New Zealand after suffering a recurrence of an elbow injury.
Archer was hurt playing for Sussex in a County Championship match against Kent this week.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand's five Super Rugby sides swept their Australian rivals in the opening trans-Tasman round after the Western Force allowed the Chiefs to escape with a 20-19 win on Saturday.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California-based Rocket Lab said a launch of satellites from its facility in New Zealand failed Saturday.
The problem occurred during ignition of the Electron rocket’s second stage, the company said in a statement.