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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby

    Dalton Papalii is ready to play blindside if required in the test series against Ireland

    Dalton Papalii is ready to play blindside if required in the test series against Ireland


    The All Blacks have plumped for lock Scott Barrett to start there in the first test, although Papalii is still working his way back to full fitness and Akira Ioane also has a troublesome foot issue.

    Papalii says if he comes off the bench tomorrow in the opener and has to slot in at blindside, he'll do it.



    The New Zealand women's hockey team is enforcing strict Covid protocols at the World Cup - despite the rest of Europe having seemingly moved on.

    The Black Sticks face China in their opening pool game in the Netherlands tomorrow night... they were decimated by the virus in the recent trans-Tasman series against Australia.

    Coach Darren Smith says they need to stay healthy if they are to emerge from a tough pool involving China, England and India.

    © 2022 Newstalk ZB, NZCity

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     10 Aug: All Blacks captain Sam Cane is defending his side's opening defeat to the Springboks as they prepare for the second test on Sunday morning at Ellis Park
     10 Aug: All Blacks captain Sam Cane has expressed his relief at Beauden Barrett's escape from permanent injury when he fell on his neck and shoulders after getting tackled in the air late in the first test loss to the Springboks
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