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Day full of colour sets the stage for final

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian Captain Michael Clarke pose with the Cricket World Cup trophy ahead of their World Cup Final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Saturday 28th March 2015. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal /

OPINION: After a Saturday of colour, twists and emotion, a gripping final awaits us.

Nix to stay on attack as Sydney come to town

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says his A-League leading side will continue to play an attacking brand of football.

Just like Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, Phoenix coach believes attack is best form of defence.

World Cup NZ boss says event 'gripped the nation'

THERESE WALSH: "When we launched the tournament, it was at a time where the Black Caps weren’t the country’s most popular team."

Therese Walsh could never have envisioned the groundswell of support that would eventually engulf the nation.

McCullum: 'We're not intimidated, we're excited.'

NZ captain Brendon McCullum has told his players to embrace the occasion and remain aggressive for the World Cup final against Australia.

Black Caps skipper has simple message for his men - embrace the occasion and play with freedom.

Hawke's Bay baying for brace of goals video

Napier Mail. Photo: Clinton Llewellyn. Former Everton striker Brett Angell is the new Hawke's Bay United coach.

Young side need win and at least twice to advance to ASB Premiership final over Team Wellington.

Selfless Vettori wants focus on his team

Daniel Vettori is fully focussed on doing a job for his team in the World Cup final, not his impending international retirement.

Right to the last, with a World Cup final looming, the humble spin whiz puts the team ahead of himself.

Warriors not ready to lose Manu Vatuvei

Ahead of his sides hosting of the Broncos, Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei is locked in contract negotiations with the Auckland-based club.

Club locked in negotiations to keep powerful winger when his contract runs out at end of the NRL season.

Blues remain winless as Waratahs prevail video

Blues try-scorer Francis Saili prepares to offload during his sides loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Waratahs come-from-behind for 23-11 win as run of losses continues for Sir John Kirwan's side.

Auckland tri favourite Gomez loves waterfront course

WINNING WAYS: Javier Gomez itakes out last year’s ITU World Triathlon in Auckland.

Favourite for Auckland leg of ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, Spaniard talks up picturesque course.

Bundle of Black Cap joy

BABY JOY: Anusha and Ravi Pitta want to name their newborn after a Black Cap.

Baby Pitta may be called Martin, or perhaps Daniel; only the World Cup final will tell.

Fans set for Ocker rocker

Martin Guptill’s wife, Laura McGoldrick, has broadcasting duties before joining the fans at the MCG.

Aussie papers have written off our chances, but Kiwi fans in Melbourne are buzzing.

Tough battle looms for All Whites rookies

Bill Tuiloma is just 20, but views himself as a leader for the All Whites clash with South Korea.

Highlighting just how green this NZ team is, Bill Tuiloma turned 20 on Friday yet views himself as a leader.

Super Rugby catch-up guide for CWC lovers

The unbeaten Hurricanes top the Super Rugby points ladder after six rounds of play.

In case you've been immersed in the Cricket World Cup, here's a handy catchup guide to get you up to speed.

Slogger Ryder knocks blogger Slater for six

Cricketer Jesse Ryder knocks out blogger Cameron Slater.

Former Black Cap scores first round knockout over controversial blogger on Super 8 redemption undercard.

Australia up for Chappell-Hadlee series

NZ Cricket boss David White says the revival of the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series is much more likely than the Black Caps getting a Boxing Day test.

Series looks set to be revived as NZ Cricket pushes for more big games for Black Caps on back of World Cup success.

Ten crucial factors for World Cup final showdown

Brendon McCullum has hit 59 boundaries in the 150 balls he has faced so far in the Cricket World Cup.

There are several factors that could have a major impact on the final between Australia and New Zealand.

Highlanders humble Stormers in Dunedin video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo storms away to score during his sides win over the Stormers in Dunedin.

Home side heads into Super Rugby bye with four wins from six after five-try 39-21 victory.

Sparks fly in Tasmania as Lowndes dominates

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Craig Lowndes driver of the #888 Red Bull Racing Holden VF Commodore reacts after winning race 2 for the V8 Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on March 28, 2015 in Launceston, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Craig Lowndes win both V8 Supercar races but all eyes on heated clash between James Courtney and Will Davison.

Football Ferns' coach's balancing act

TONY READINGS: "The World Cup is the most important event of the year and we can't forget that."

Tony Readings walking fine line between wanting team to do well against USA and preparing for World Cup in June.

Marky Mark wins Sires’ Produce Stakes

Marky Mark clinches victory in the Group I Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.

Brendan Lindsay's charge strides to decisive win in Group I Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

Vettori and Crowe inspiring Black Caps

At the age of 36, Daniel Vettori will play his 295th one-day international for New Zealand in the World Cup final against Australia.

New Zealand's players heading into Cricket World Cup final inspired by two of the countries greats.

NZ sevens side held to draw by Portugal

Scott Curry and his NZ team-mates came very close to a shock loss at the hands of Portugal at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Lack-lustre Kiwis pushed all the way in 24-24 draw with plucky Portuguese at Hong Kong Sevens.

Chiefs outlast Cheetahs despite poor discipline video

Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch is cut down in a tackle during his sides victory over the Cheetahs, their fifth Super Rugby win of the season.

Home team shake off first half of terrible discipline to see off the gutsy South African side 37-27 at Waikato Stadium.

Black Caps get 'hit' song

Phoenix Foundation's artwork for their Black Caps-dedicated song.

It took under four hours to record and now on the eve of the Black Caps tilt at World Cup glory the team have a supporters' song, courtesy of cricket mad Wellington band The Phoenix Foundation.

Drama as Hamilton Boys' defend Maadi Cup

HARD CHARGERS: The ultra-competitive Maadi Cup has long been a chance to preview future stars of NZ rowing.

Defending champs win dramatic boys u-18 eights final in last event at NZ secondary schools rowing champs at Lake Karapiro.

Hewitt pins favourite tag on Jorgensen

Andrea Hewitt will be in action in Auckland on Sunday.

Don't try and tell New Zealand's best triathlete Andrew Hewitt she's under pressure in Auckland.

McCullum backs same aggressive approach

NO CHANGE: NZ skipper Brendon McCullum says his team's aggressive, fearless approach will not change for the Cricket World Cup final.

NZ captain Brendon McCullum says his team’s fearless approach will not change in the World Cup final against Australia.

Michael Clarke to quit ODI cricket

Australia's captain Michael Clarke reacts after a dropped catch against India at SCG.

Australian skipper's 245th one-day international, a World Cup final vs NZ at the MCG, will be his last.

Numbers tell the story

Australia has the highest average strike rate of the tournament: an average of 116 runs from every 100 balls faced.

New Zealand’s dramatic Cricket World Cup campaign can be told in numbers, very big numbers.

Koh takes narrow lead into final round

TITLE HOPES: Tae Koh leads heading into the final round of the New Zealand Men’s Stroke Play

Aucklander Tae Koh has one round to go in his quest for the national title.

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