2018/19 HSBC USA Women’s Sevens: 7 things learned from the opening round

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The 2018/19 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series kicked off in style last weekend, with the New Zealand Black Ferns 7s winning the first of six rounds in Glendale, CO, the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens. They overcame a feisty United States side in the final of the HSBC USA Sevens 33-7. Having to come from behind, after the hosts […] READ MORE



Black Ferns Sevens next tournament – Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast

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But the next occasion where these two opponents will be drawn in competition is at the Commonwealth Games. Australia may again face the New Zealand Black Ferns Sevens, and that is the secondary point. In less than two months, nations from within the Commonwealth, will descend on the Queensland coastline - and that will be where the New Zealand team must now focus all it's energy on. READ MORE


‘Super’ Sam Whitelock takes the Supreme Award in NZ Rugby

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At the 2017 ASB New Zealand Rugby Awards, there were many winners. But it was Super Sam Whitelock who took the Supreme Award in NZ Rugby. Claiming the Kel Tremaine Memorial Award, Sam Whitelock added that to his Investec Super Rugby player of the Year award, to cap a fantastic 12 months. Over that time, the lock […] READ MORE


Black Ferns Women’s XV – the ‘Best of the Best’ in 2017

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Hailed by World Rugby as their Team of the Year, the awards and applause continue for the Black Ferns Women’s XV. Last night, they claimed the premier teams award at the 2017 ASB New Zealand Rugby Awards. In being recognized by New Zealand (NZ) Rugby, it is yet another boost for the women’s game. They […] READ MORE


2017 ASB New Zealand Rugby Awards Ceremony – December 14

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[Drumroll] …and the winner is? That is a statement will be announced many times on Thursday night, when the 2018 ASB New Zealand Rugby Awards ceremony is held. The pinnacle awards night for New Zealand (NZ) rugby players, coaches, referees and stakeholders. This years event will be a expression of the strengths of the game–with a […] READ MORE


New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Squads Announced for Dubai Sevens

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Two NZ rugby sevens teams are each preparing for very different goals. The All Blacks Sevens men’s team are a week away from the Dubai Sevens leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Their wish – to correct a two year slump in form. The women’s team, the Black Ferns Sevens, have different goals. […] READ MORE


New Zealand Black Ferns Looking to Avenge 2014 World Cup Result

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With the fortune of a Pool with (all due respect given) only one demanding match, the New Zealand Black Ferns team can build into the 2017 tournament with a positive outlook. Can they progress? The chances are high, but in any tournament 'first you must get through pool play'. And every other side will be searching to take that 'big scalp' home. READ MORE


Black Ferns Sevens Players Choosing 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

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While any member of a team would normally commit to an entire season, it appears that the interests of competing at the pinnacle of rugby - the Women’s Rugby World Cup to be played in Ireland, in August - is a big carrot for many of the current Black Ferns sevens side. Select players were named part of a wider training squad of 51 (announced in February) and each now find themselves having to abandon the 'Sevens Sisters' to try-out for a team to be selected to play in June fixtures. READ MORE


Bayleys National Sevens Finals 2017

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Day One of the 2017 Bayleys National Sevens saw a much more fast-paced match style, with teams testing each other on the edges and with some huge tackling as well. However on the flip-side, Day Two was about 'who played the smartest rugby sevens' leading up to the important Cup finals. Read about who performed and both finals matches. READ MORE