Crusaders players practice during a training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday.  New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa will start on June 13th in a new five-team, 10-week competition. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP

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Annalise Murphy  competes in the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she won two silver medals. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Political will is a phrase chief executive of Sport New Zealand Peter Miskimmin uses frequently. In Dublin tonight to deliver the keynote address at t(...)