'We're in a pool that will provide some challenges' - Steve Hansen not taking the All Blacks' 2019 RWC pool draw for granted

New Zealand will face familiar foes, South Africa for the first time in pool play since the Rugby World Cup's inception. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Did Matt Todd just give away the secret to extinguishing Beauden Barrett's brilliant Super Rugby form?

Its been an unsolved mystery so far this season for Super Rugby sides, how do you stop Beauden Barrett?

Crusaders flanker Matt Todd, who is standing in as captain again this weekend, says they'll be targeting the Hurricanes' first-five and look to starve him of possession, especially in attacking areas.

The world player of the year has been in phenomenal form this season, tormenting sides with his electric running game and unlocking defences with his cunning cross field kicks.

The Crusaders host the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday.

The stand in Crusaders captain is confident his side can nullify the Hurricanes player's running and kicking game this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS


British and Irish Lions to spend four days in Queenstown before crucial third Test in Auckland

The British and Irish Lions will spend four days in Queenstown ahead of the third Test against the All Blacks in Auckland.

In what's added to an already massive logistical effort, 1 NEWS understands the Lions will head from Wellington to Queenstown the day after the second Test, for four days.

It's unclear what the Lions reasoning is for the excursion, with two extra days' travel.

Compared to 2005, when Sir Clive Woodward's ill fated tour saw the Lions squad spend the majority of its time locked down in Auckland, Warren Gatland's side is constantly on the move.

After touching down in Auckland, the Lions head north to Whangarei, back to Auckland, then Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Hamilton, Wellington, to Queenstown!… and finishing in Auckland.

With a playing squad of 41 and at least 30 extras, that's a huge undertaking.

Maybe the Queenstown visit will be needed for rest, although England players might be on a curfew, after former captain, Princess Anne's son-in-law Mike Tindall's bar escapades in the tourist mecca during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.