The sporting week in numbers, compiled by APNZ

70,000 - A large crowd is expected at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Sunday morning (NZT) when Italy host the All Blacks. The venue was the scene of one of New Zealand's greatest Olympic moments when Peter Snell (800m) and Murray Halberg (5000m) won gold within an hour of each other in 1960.

4 - When Canterbury bowler Will Williams wheeled around swatted a Jacob Duffy delivery away from his stumps with his hand on Thursday, he became just the fourth person in New Zealand first class cricket to be given out handled ball. Justin Vaughan, the former NZC chief executive, fell to the previous such dismissal in 1992.

1 - The New Zealand cricket side have won only one test in 2012 - January's innings defeat of Zimbabwe - and have a wretched record this year overall. Since the Zimbabwe tour, they have played 31 matches in all forms and won just four, lost 21, tied two (which were lost in super overs), drawn two and had two no-results.


550,000 - It's a pretty decent wage for most but Sonny Bill Williams' return to the NRL is not all about money. He's reported to earn A$550,000 for his season with the Roosters but it pales to the A$1.3 million he is due to bank for a 12-game stint (now fewer because of injury) at the Wild Knights in Japan.

0 - Scores of children had gathered to see them but not one All White showed at a breakfast for ex-pat kids in Shanghai the morning after their 1-1 draw with China. New Zealand Football apologised to the children, and said it didn't find out about the function until after the game.

6 - Terror To Love won a second New Zealand Trotting Cup in as many years in Christchurch this week, handing driver Ricky May his sixth victory in the race. May's achievement equalled the record held by Cecil Devine, who trained and drove half a dozen winners between 1951 and 1979.

90.7 - Shane Cameron should have no trouble losing a little more weight to come in under the 90.7kg limit for next week's IBO world cruiserweight title fight against Danny Green. The former heavyweight has already lost 6kg to be about 92kg and been ordered by his nutritionist to eat more or risk entering the ring without enough energy.

9 - With his equalising goal in the All Whites' draw with China on Thursday morning, Chris Wood now jointly holds the New Zealand calendar year goals record. After scoring nine international goals in 2012, Wood drew level with with Jock Newall (1951), Brian & Grant Turner (both 1981) and Vaughan Coveny (2001).

2 - Breakers' point guard Cedric Jackson was rewarded for a spectacular Sunshine Swing by winning his second player of the week award in this season's Australian NBL. Jackson averaged 17 points, 11.5 assists, two steals and 3.5 rebounds as the Breakers swept the pair of road games against Cairns and Townsville.

4 - When the St Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers played to a 24-24 tie on Monday, they recorded the first tie in the NFL in four seasons. The league utilises overtime to avoid such results, but the Rams and the 49ers both missed field goals in the final period before time expired.