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Black Ferns Sevens look to continue winning streak

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allblacks.com     02 Apr 2019     Getty Images

 
It’s been a while since the Black Ferns Sevens side last suited up on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. It was two months ago that they won the Sydney tournament, but they are back in action later this month as the series resumes in Japan.
 

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They will be looking to continue their remarkable winning streak of 49 matches. The Black Ferns Sevens have won 36 straight World Series matches, as well as their five Commonwealth Games fixtures, four World Cup games and four wins at the Fast Four tournament in Hamilton earlier this year.

Having won in Glendale, Dubai and Sydney, New Zealand currently sit at the top of the World Series standings; 12 points clear of USA. They are halfway through the 2018/2019 series, with the Kitakyushu, Langford and Biarritz legs still to come.

The Black Ferns Sevens take on Japan, Russia and France in pool play at the Kitakyushu tournament on 20 and 21 April.

New Zealand, who are chasing their fifth HSBC World Series title, must finish the series in the top four to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Michaela Blyde tops the try scoring chart after three rounds, with 20 tries. Blyde also sits in second place on the ‘most points scored’ ladder with 100 points, behind Canada’s Ghislaine Landry. Tyla Nathan-Wong is closely behind in third place with 96 points.

The Black Ferns Sevens side had a good hit out in Pukekohe last month, taking part in a tournament with China, Thailand, a Japanese club side and the Black Ferns Sevens development team. They defeated the New Zealand development side in the final. 
 
New Zealand's side for the Kitakyushu tournament will be named on Tuesday.