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Everything you need to know and more about the Commonwealth games 2018

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The Commonwealth games have kicked off and METRONEWS has everything you need to know about the event - from the opening ceremony to schedules and upsets.

Most of the Kiwi team, almost 200 strong, marched out on Wednesday during the opening ceremony - with nine time gold medalist Sophie Pascoe leading the way as flag bearer.

The Kiwi's were the 62nd out of 71 countries to march into the stadium just before 11pm NZST.

253 NZ athletes will compete in the games across 18 different sports and 7 para-sports. 

The first sight of NZ competing is on the lawn bowls grounds at 11am NZST.

Want to know when everything's going on? Check below for the overview of events and click here to find specific times.

Schedule for the 2018 Commonwealth games Commonwealth Games 2018
Important news so far:

29/3/18: Rugby Sevens Star Ngarohi McGarvey Black sustains ankle injury against Australia.

3/4/18: Ngarohi McGarvey Black and Caleb Clarke ruled out of the Rugby sevens team with ankle injury and appendicitis. Etene Nanai-Seturo has been confirmed as a replacement.

3/4/18: Chef de Mission Rob Waddell names para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe as flag bearer.

3/4/18: Kiwi squash players Rob Coll and Joelle King seeded second in the singles event and recent rankings put them as the highest ranked players in the world to compete in those events.

3/4/18: The Blackferns Sevens team have been put in quarantine after Ruby Tui contracted the mumps. 

4/4/18: Pressure mounts for the Silver Ferns as they acknowledge they need to step up their game after a poor season start. Coach Janine Southby said "We know we haven’t been good enough but we still absolutely believe and back ourselves."