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All Black players will take a pay cut due to COVID-19.

The All Black staff have already had a pay cut with no games being played and the 2020 calendar still unconfirmed.

Discussions are already underway with the players on how their reductions would be managed.

Sporting experts believe the All Blacks will take a big hit financially. With so many countries in lockdown and borders closed all over the world, it could be months before the sport starts back up again and even longer for the restart of international competition.

New Zealand Rugby gets most of its revenue from TV Stations and broadcasting rights. However, many of these are set to finish if no games are played.

Six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has signed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving the New England Patriots.

The quarterback, therefore, ends a 20-year spell of success with the Patriots.

“Excited, humble and hungry,” he said. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the Buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do.”

He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time having won the Super Bowl more times than any other player – in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Brady has made a total of nine Super Bowl appearances. He has also been named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times – both NFL records.

The Bucs have only won the Super Bowl once in their 45 years in the NFL and are owned by the Glazer family, who also control Manchester United.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until 2021.

Following a meeting of the IOC, it was decided that the event, due to begin on 24 July, will now take place “no later than summer 2021”.

The announcement was made by Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister.

The event will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

While the Games is the biggest sporting event to be affected by the pandemic, there has been a huge impact on a host of other major tournaments and sports:

  • In rugby union, the end of this year’s Six Nations was postponed, Super Rugby has stopped.
  • In football, Euro 2020 was postponed and will be played in the summer of 2021.
  • The first eight Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season has been delayed, with the Monaco Grand Prix cancelled.
  • All cricket is cancelled.
  • All forms of professional tennis have been postponed until 7 June, ruling out the clay-court season, while the French Open – the year’s second Grand Slam, has been rescheduled for September.
  • Golf’s Masters and PGA Championship have both been postponed, with a decision yet to be made about September’s Ryder Cup.
  • The London Marathon has been moved from 26 April to 4 October.

The New Zealand Warriors have decided to stay in Australia for as long as it takes to finish the 2020 season.

Their decision has been made due to Australia and New Zealand’s new border restrictions. This means families are no longer able to join them on the Gold Coast.

But their commitment has been hailed by other clubs in the competition. All of the 15 other clubs and their fans throwing support behind the Auckland side. 

“You have to commend the Warriors for the selfless way they’re going about it to keep the competition going,” said Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler. 

 To stay in Australia, the Warriors are relying on the NRL to get them through.

The Warriors were well beaten by the Canberra Raiders last night. Their second loss in as many games.

E-sports have been officially recognised as a national sports organisation in New Zealand.

E-sports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is played by millions of people globally.

Esports, the simple abbreviation for ‘electronic sports’, is defined as a form of sports where the primary aspects of the sport are facilitated by the competitive playing of video games.

E-sports in New Zealand is looked after by the New Zealand E-Sport Federation.

It is estimated that there are around one million esports gamers in New Zealand. Therefore, this is an area of sport that could grow very quickly.

There is almost no sport to watch at the moment. Anyone who loves football, cricket, tennis, hockey, and more, have nothing to watch for at least another 3 months. Though there is some sport still going on, and if you love watching the NRL, or A-League football, you are in luck.

The Warriors have decided to stay in Australia to play the season out, although they said that if circumstances change they may have to come back to NZ. A-League football is also going ahead, but the Phoenix have had their next game postponed as they have to isolate themselves for 14 days, the new rule when entering NZ. Their next game is on the 4th of April against Adelaide United, being played in Wellington.

Coronavirus has also had a big effect on money in sports, and many football clubs have lost millions of dollars, and some even, like Manchester United, have lost close to a billion.

For all sport-lovers, it is going to be a boring next few months.

The New Zealand Warriors have started the 2020 season with a 20-0 loss to Newcastle.

It is the first time the Knights have kept a team scoreless in six NRL seasons.

The Knights were far too strong for the Warriors. They kept the Warriors to just 993 running metres from 46 percent of the possession.

By comparison, they made 1376 metres with 54 percent of the ball.

Not helping the Warriors was a lack of discipline, as they gave away 13 penalties and had one yellow card.

The Warriors will now look to bounce back with a game against the Raiders this weekend.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got underway on Thursday of last week.

As in previous years, the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia.

Actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of high priestess, used a parabolic mirror at the site of the ancient Greek Olympics to ignite the torch, before handing it to Greek Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki, the first woman to ever launch an Olympic relay.

Korakaki subsequently lit the torch of Japanese runner Mizuki Noguchi, the 2004 Olympic marathon champion.

The torch will be handed over to Tokyo Games organizers in Athens on March 19 after a seven-day relay in Greece. However, this year the torch will complete a scaled-down relay around the world.

Tokyo Games organizers as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned on July 24- Aug. 9.

However, there is speculation that they could be cancelled or postponed as coronavirus spreads rapidly across the globe.

The Black Caps have been beaten by Australia in the first One Day International in Sydney.

New Zealand lost by 71 runs after reaching 187 all-out chasing down 259 to win.

The match was played at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground after Cricket Australia confirmed fans would not be admitted for all three matches in the series because of the coronavirus.

After the game, it was announced that the series was cancelled and the New Zealand team will return home.

Earlier in the day, Australia had batted well on a slow pitch, scoring 258. Openers David Warner and captain Aaron Finch put on 124. However, when they both left the Black Caps pulled back the run rate and got into the game.

Needing 259 to win on a slow pitch New Zealand was never really in the contest. They prodded to 96 for 5 at the halfway point of the chase before an attacking sixth-wicket partnership between Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme briefly provided hope.

But the loss of Latham for 38 off 40 immediately after the second drinks break, ending the partnership at 51 from just 45 balls, put Australia back in the box seat.

The UCL and Europa League was back on this week, the UCL in the Round of 16 second legs, and the Europa League in the first leg stage. I’ll only talk about the best matches in these tournaments since overall there were 10 matches. I’d also like to know, if you do support a club, who do you support?

In the Europa League, Man United destroyed Austrian club Lask 5-0, some stunning goals from Odion Ighalo and Andreas Pereira the highlights. Another big game was a close game between Wolves and Olympiacos, a 1-1 draw even though Olympiacos had to survive most of the game with 10 men after a red card sent off one of their defenders.

In the Champions League, the big game was between Atletico and Liverpool, a massive upset with Atletico scoring 3 goals in extra-time to win the tie and knock out the Champions from last year.

I’m sure most Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, United, and City fans are very happy with their rival club losing. Even if Liverpool are dominating the Premier League.