The White Ferns have a battle on their hands to fight their way back into their one-day series against England – a year out from hosting the 2021 Women’s World Cup.

After a heavy defeat in the opening game, can the New Zealand women compete with the ODI world champions or is the gap to the likes of England and Australia growing bigger?

The Black Caps, meanwhile, have drawn first blood in their T20 series against Australia, but does the five-match contest mean anything for New Zealand fans or for the Black Caps chances at this year’s World Cup?

Also on Extra Time, as Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off this weekend, can anyone stop the Crusaders from marching to a fifth straight title?

And Joseph Parker gets back in the boxing ring with Junior Fa. What implications would a win or a loss have for both fighters?

Joe Porter discusses the sporting week with sports writer Hamish Bidwell and journalists Barry Guy and Felicity Reid.

Joe Porter is a Radio New Zealand sports reporter who specialises in rugby.

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