It's the first weekend of winter but where's the rugby? Despite the fact that the season began in summer we've hit a weekend in June without any rugby. That's like October in Munich without a beer hall.

Super Rugby is on hiatus, the All Blacks don't play until next Saturday and the sevens circuit is over.

So what is our 'stadium of four million' to do over the long weekend? How will we cope? Cameron McMillan lists a few viewing alternatives.

The Warriors

They're playing bitter rivals, not of the DB variety, the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, 5pm.


Pros: Manu is back. It might be a better watch than Origin I.

Cons: The Warriors have not been a pretty watch in the last two outings. The Broncos average 26 points-a-game while the Warriors have scored more than 26 points just twice this season.

Any takers? No? Okay, let's move on.

The other Warriors

NBA finals game two between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is on Monday, Queen's Birthday...and it's King James in action. Funny that. LeBron and his teammates won't exactly be royally screwed if they give up the opening two games as they're both on the road but James will be as popular as Henry II following the Thomas Becket controversy if he can't hand the Cavs their much awaited title this year.

The reigning champions, led by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson who hit more Hail Marys than King Athelstan, will be looking to retain their crown.

NBL Final Four

We have live streaming so you don't even need to leave this website. Just stay right there. Here's the link.

All Whites v Solomon Islands, Chatham Cup

Much like rugby, many of the biggest names in football are all taking a breather this weekend. The All Whites play their final group game of the Oceania Nations Cup on Saturday night after cruising to victories in their first two matches. It's also the second round of the Chatham Cup this weekend.

French Open

It's at the business end of the tournament. Here's hoping it's a Djokovic-Murray men's final and not Thiem v Wawrinka. Djokovic is aiming for his maiden French Open title to complete a career slam and a Novak Slam (holding all four titles at the same time). A win for Murray would give Britons a much-needed boost ahead of certain disappointment at the Euros.

Read more: Matt Brown's French Open semi-final picks

Some rugby

There is actual live rugby on the Paeroa Domain. It's the first Ranfurly Shield challenge of the year as Waikato face Thames Valley. Dan Carter and et all also take part in the final round of Top 14 action.

More rugby

Or you could enjoy some fresh air and watch some grassroots stuff such as local club rugby or First XV action. Put on the gummies, fill up the thermos and breathe in the liniment.