Watch: Tactix show All Blacks how its done as teams conduct weights sessions in shared gym

The Mainland Tactix had some different gym buddies during their weight session today with the All Blacks assembling for training.

The Cantabrian netballers shared the gym facilities at the Apollo Projects High Performance Centre in Christchurch with the rugby players as they wait to see whether they've qualified for the ANZ Premiership playoffs.

After Monday's nervy 62-60 win over the Magic, the Tactix kept their playoff hopes alive to move two points clear of the Northern Mystics in third place.

However, should the Mystics beat the table-topping Pulse tonight they will earn the final playoff spot.

The squads shared the Apollo Projects Centre in Christchurch today. Source: 1 NEWS



Noeline Taurua says Silver Ferns still 'too loose' despite big win, need to step up to conquer Aussie rivals

Noeline Taurua isn't lavishing praise in her first win as the new Silver Ferns coach after her side's victory over South Africa last night.

Instead, she's demanding more from her troops with her attention already shifting to a clash with old rivals Australia.

The Silver Ferns bounced back from a record loss to England last week to record a 61-37 win over the Proteas in Tauranga last night but Taurua says there's still lots to improve on.

"Sometimes, in terms of our positioning, we were going away from the ball in the wrong side but that will come in time," she said.

"I thought on the outside, we actually looked quite good, we had a nice engine room going but also coughed up ball when we needed to keep it secure because the passes were 50/50.

"I thought in our defensive end we got great gains but there were still areas where we were too loose."

Taurua admits she's "uncertain" about where the Silver Ferns stack up against Australia but knows the game will be tougher.

"There's going to be the similarities in terms of the defensive style but I can't envisage they're going to cough up enough ball like South Africa did and the shooting percentages will be higher.

"It's a great opportunity to play up against the best... but we have to show incremental improvements."

The Silver Ferns play Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.

The new coach is happy with the result against South Africa but knows a much tougher task is coming. Source: 1 NEWS


Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup tickets to go on sale, All Blacks fans urged to get in quick

All Blacks fans are urged to get in quick if they are to secure seats at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with officials warning tickets will sell out fast one year out from the tournament.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London, England. Saturday 31 October 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. Source: Photosport

Half a million tickets have already been pre-sold with tickets set to be open for sale to the public at 1pm today (NZ time).

Head of the Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin believes there will be an "unprecedented demand" for tickets which involves the home team, Japan's Brave Blossoms and the top tier nations.

"All the matches involving Japan, definitely all the matches involving New Zealand... England, Australia are experiencing high demand and we would expect they will be sold out very quickly," said Gilpin.

The All Blacks begin their title defence against the Springboks in Yokohama, the evening after the tournament opener between Japan and Russia in Tokyo on September 20, 2019.

Adult ticket prices are expected to range from ¥10,000 - ¥40,000 (NZD $136-$544) while tickets to the final on November 2 to cost anywhere between ¥25,000 - ¥100,000 (NZD $340-$1361).

"When you bring Rugby World Cup to a place like Japan, you hope that people will get behind it and the demand will be there – and it really has been," said Gilpin.

"It's a fantastic story for the event and a good message of confidence for the organising committee."

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Most read story: 'I am extremely devastated' - Silver Ferns star Maria Folau apologises for 'insensitive' self-harm comments

This story was first published on Tuesday September 18.

Silver ferns Maria Folau (C looks to shoot during the Netball Quad Series Silver Ferns vs South Africa at the ASB Baypark arena in Tauranga on Tuesday the 18th September 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
Silver Ferns shooter Maria Folau in action against South Africa during a Quad Series match in Tauranga. Source: Photosport

Silver Ferns star shooter Maria Folau has apologised for making a comment about self-harm, following her side's Quad Series loss against England on Saturday.

Folau was asked about her side's performance in the shooting circle when they were outclassed by England 52-39, with the veteran shooter making the self-harm comment on television.

"I'm not slitting my wrists in the room or anything and neither are the other shooters as well, we've just got to get on with it," said Folau.

The 31-year-old was criticised for her comments by the public.

She told the Herald she was sorry for the "insensitive comment" and said she didn't mean to offend anyone.

"I wish to apologise for my insensitive comment on Newshub last night, I in no way meant to upset and offend people," said Folau.

"I am extremely devastated, and I understand the serious issue that New Zealand has with suicide rates."

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'We looked like a team' - Noeline Taurua delighted after earning first win as Silver Ferns coach

The Silver Ferns have earned their first win in the Quad Series, thumping South Africa 61-37 in Tauranga last night in their second match of the tournament.

New Zealand bounced back from a 13-points loss to Commonwealth Games champions England on Saturday, looking more in sync under their new coach Noeline Taurua.

Maria Folau was solid for the Silver Ferns landing 35 out of 37 in the shooting circle.

Defenders Katrina Grant and Jane Watson were outstanding with their defensive efforts last night, limiting South Africa's attack.

"There were moments when we looked like a team and worked for each other so I am wrapped," said Taurua.

"We actually kept possession of the ball and that was the key also we need to turn over ball as much as we can.

"I thought we started the first quarter really well."

New Zealand take on the Australian Diamonds next in the Quad Series at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Sunday.

Noeline Taurua earned her first win as NZ coach with her side defeating South Africa 61-37. Source: SKY