Black Ferns Sevens named for Canada Sevens

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The Black Ferns Sevens are coming off back to back victories at the Commonwealth Games and HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens and will be looking to continue that momentum in Canada.

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
Risi Pouri-Lane - Tasman
Ruby Tui - Bay of Plenty
Stacey Waaka - Waikato
Niall Williams - Auckland
Tenika Willison - Waikato
Portia Woodman - Counties Manukau

“We have been happy with the results but there is always room to improve. For us we need to look at our execution under pressure and making sure we are making good decisions at those times,” said Bunting.

The return of Ruby Tui, who was ruled out of the previous two tournaments with illness, is a welcome addition.

“Ruby is amazing; she has been jumping out of her skin to get back out there. She enhances our environment on and off the field and as a leader brings so much to our squad.

“Having missed out on some tournaments she was able to look from the outside in, she has a renewed energy and a sense of whakawhetai.”

Risi Pouri-Lane, who sat on the bench for Commonwealth Games final before helping to lead the New Zealand Under 18 team to Oceania Championship glory is in line for a debut on the World Series.

“Halfback is a difficult position and one that we are trying to grow depth in which is why we have selected Risi.

“She may only just be out of school but she is a mature player that is learning and growing quickly.”

The Black Ferns Sevens face Brazil, England and Fiji in pool play, the tournament kicks off on Sunday 13 May (NZT).

Black Ferns Sevens 2017-2018 schedule

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 30 November-1 December, Dubai – Fifth place
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 26-28 January, Sydney – Runners-up
Commonwealth Games, 13-15 April, Gold Coast - WINNERS
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 22-22 April, Kitakyushu - WINNERS
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 12-13 May, Langford
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 8-10 June, Paris
Rugby World Cup Sevens, 20-22 July, San Francisco