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Former All Black and Crusaders legend Dan Carter has joined the Auckland Blues.

Today the Blues confirmed the signing of Carter as injury cover for the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa season. 

The 38-year-old will join the side as cover for Stephen Perofeta. He is out indefinitely with a foot injury. 

Carter has one of the best Super Rugby record, having spent 12 years with the Crusaders where he won three Super Rugby titles in 2005, 06, and 08. 

Current Blues coach Leon MacDonald and Carter played alongside each other for Canterbury, the Crusaders and the All Blacks. 

The three-time World Rugby Player of the Year left New Zealand after playing a key role in the All Blacks’ 2015 World Cup victory. He went to France’s Racing 92, then Japan’s Kobelco Steelers.

NRL is officially back! The 3rd week of the season resumed last week and our own New Zealand Warriors got a winning start with a 18-0 victory over the Illawara Dragons.

The only draw of the week was between the Panthers and the Knights, the final score 14-14.

Another great match was the Parramata Eels thrashing the Brisbane Broncos 34-6. A match with a similar point difference was the Queensland Cowboys destroying the Gold Coast Titans 36-6 in their home stadium.

One of the big games of the week was the Sydney Derby which ended with the Roosters beating the Rabbitohs 28-12. The last game of the week was the Sea Eagles securing a 32-6 win over the Bulldogs.

Top of the table right now are the Parramatta Eels, but only three weeks in, the leader is sure to change.

Tennis great Roger Federer has been ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete.

The annual Forbes rankings puts the tennis star on top with US$106.3 million in total earnings.

He is the first tennis player to top the list since it was first compiled in 1990.

Converting that to New Zealand money, it means Federer earns $3.28 million a week, or $469,000 daily.

Forbes says that US$6.3 million of his money comes from tennis prize money, with the rest from endorsements and appearances fees.

Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar took spots 2-4, with the NBA’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant at Nos. 5-7, followed by golfer Tiger Woods at No. 8.

NFL players Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz round out the top 10.

Two women, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, were in the top 100, both tennis players.

The NZ Warriors have beaten the St George Illawarra Dragons 18-0 in the first game of the restarted season.

The Warriors were almost flawless in their game plan. They created a new NRL record by becoming the first team to complete their first 40 sets of tackles without an error.

The NZ side ran in three tries to none.

It was also the first time since 2006 that the Warriors have kept a team scoreless in Australia.

The Warriors were helped by superb games from rookies Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Eliesa Katoa, who both scored for tries.

The victory puts the Warriors on the board for 2020, after falling to losses in the opening two rounds of the season prior to the COVID-19 enforced suspension.

With coronavirus cases lowering in the last few weeks, many countries have eased restrictions and luckily Germany are back into their football season. The second week had loads more matches with amazing goals, comebacks and more.

One of the best games was definitely Bayern Munich’s 5-2 thrashing of Frankfurt, Robert Lewandowski scoring yet again to assist his team to the win. Another great game was RB Leipzig destroying Mainz 5-0 with the star Timo Werner scoring a hat-trick, his three goals carrying his team to the victory.

The big match of the week was the matchup between the top 2, Dortmund and Bayern Munich. It ended in a 1-0 win for Munich but the game was very close with Dortmund denied a clear penalty. Premier League to return next month with the date undecided.

With motor racing currently cancelled most events are being completed via virtual races.

However, in a rare story a Formula E driver has been disqualified for cheating.

Daniel Abt was disqualified from yesterday’s Race At Home Challenge after the series discovered he did not drive his car in the event.

Abt, who started second and finished third, admitted he “called in outside help during the race on Saturday”.

Formula E has fined Abt $20,000 NZD which must be paid to a charity of his choice.

The NRL has granted the NZ Warriors permission to sign some new loan players.

The move comes after the Warriors have been hit with a huge number of injuries, just days before the start of the season.

Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei are all unlikely to feature in the 2020 campaign, while experienced prop Leeson Ah Mau is out for at least eight weeks. 

The club had an initial request denied by the NRL. However, the Warriors have received backing from rival clubs and former players.

The NRL is due to start this weekend, with the Warriors up against the Dragons.

ANZ Bank New Zealand have announced they will give $1 million to support the return of grassroots cricket and netball.

Both sports have been hit hard following Covid-19 lockdowns.

The ANZ Good Sports Grants programme will go straight into grassroots sports and local club.

ANZ NZ has had longstanding relationships with Netball New Zealand and New Zealand Cricket.

All local netball and cricket clubs or teams can apply for support through the ANZ grant.

ANZ NZ is encouraging applicants to ask for what they need to help them get back up and running, this could include anything from uniforms and equipment to funding to help with ground maintenance.

Two months with no football, except for the low-quality Belarusian Premier League, but now the Bundesliga is back.

A few days ago the season resumed, albeit with no fans and support. I’ll highlight the best 4 games of this week’s matches.

In 4th place, I think Bayern’s win against Union Berlin was a show of some of the league’s best players, with the leaders easing past their opponents with a 2-0 win. In 3rd I think Wolfsburg’s 2-0 win was a great match with a 91st minute goal from Daniel Ginczek sealing the win.

The 2nd best game of the week was Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen, with Kai Havertz scoring two goals to help his team to a win.

The best game of the week was Dortmund showing how good they are with a 4-0 win, Raphael Guerreiro scoring twice.