Not many regions can lay claim to two leaders of a national sporting team set to steer a World Cup campaign.

With the ICC Cricket World Cup only a few weeks away, Kane Williamson from Bay of Plenty and Ross Taylor from Wellington will be the key members of a squad looking to redeem a 2015 finals loss.

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki) and Brodie Retallick (Canterbury) will be pivotal in the All Blacks retaining the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time at the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September.

But when we look towards the Fifa Women's World Cup