Te Rangi looks forward to ANBL pre-season tournament

ANBL champions, the NZ Breakers are preparing for the pre-season Blitz tournament in Sydney this week, and will join all other ANBL teams tomorrow to battle it out for the inaugural Loggins Bruton Cup, and Ngāpuhi's Reuben Te Rangi is looking forward to measuring up against the opposition.

The NZ Breakers came away winless from their first two pre-season games against the Melbourne Tigers and new assistant coach Paul Henare says they need to improve.

The Blitz tournament in Sydney will have all eight NBL teams up against each other, with each team playing two games for the inaugural Loggins Bruton Cup.

With Alex Pledger's injured ankle, development player Duane Bailey has been included in the travelling team.

If the intensity at today's training is any indication, the whole team will be stepping their game up in Sydney.