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Black Ferns Sevens named for Paris

Sean Willis

allblacks.com     01 Jun 2018     Sean Willis

The squad is;
Shakira Baker - Waikato
Michaela Blyde - Bay of Plenty
Kelly Brazier - Bay of Plenty
Gayle Broughton - Taranaki
Theresa Fitzpatrick - Auckland
Sarah Goss - Manawatu
Tyla Nathan-Wong - Auckland
Shiray Kaka - Waikato
Ruby Tui - Bay of Plenty
Stacey Waaka - Waikato
Niall Williams - Auckland
Tenika Willison - Waikato
Portia Woodman - Counties Manukau

The Black Ferns Sevens head into the next tournament with World Series victories in Kitakyushu and Langford, including a record 46-0 win against Australia in the Canada Final.

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“Sometimes it all goes right in a match, but it certainly won’t always go like that and we know complacency is the death of success. We had a few matches where we struggled to get through against Fiji and England so there are things to work on,” said Bunting.

The only change to the squad from the last tournament is the inclusion of Shiray Kaka (nee Tane), after last playing for the Black Ferns Sevens in 2016.

“Shiray is an electric player and it’s great to have her back. Michaela Blyde has been consistent for us in recent times, but we need another winger and Shiray has trained hard; she’s fit, prepared and ready to get back into it.”

Only four points behind Australia in the standings, the Black Ferns Sevens will need to win the Paris event and hope that Australia does not progress to the Final if the New Zealanders are to claim back to back Women’s Sevens World Series titles.

“We’ve only lost two games this Series but losing the quarter-final in Dubai really gutted us. Now, we can only take care of what we can control which is to play our best game by game."

The squad left New Zealand on Tuesday, looking to use the extra time in France to acclimatise and recover.

“Instead of having an assembly in New Zealand, we travel earlier and that gives us the opportunity to be 100 per cent ready to go come tournament time.”

The draw for the HSBC Paris Sevens has yet to be announced.