The team is;
1. Ruby Tui
2. Shakira Baker
3. Terina Te Tamaki
4. Niall Williams
5. Sarah Hirini – captain
6. Michaela Blyde
7. Tyla Nathan-Wong
8. Kelly Brazier
9. Risaeaana Pouri-Lane
10. Cheyelle Robins-Reti
11. Dhys Faleafaga
12. Alena Saili
*Tenika Willison is the travelling reserve.
Assistant Coach Cory Sweeney said the return of Kelly Brazier and Michaela Blyde has added to the team environment.
“Having their energy and experience back in the mix has been great and we’ve seen the younger players really feeding off that this week.”
“Their return definitely helps with combinations which have been really improving over the past two weeks.”
Sweeney said the disappointment from Kitakyushu was in the inconsistent performances but he’s confident the team have learnt from that tournament.
#BlackFerns7s captain @Sgoss10 gives her thoughts ahead of their defence of the #Canada7s @WorldRugby7s pic.twitter.com/lX2I7rq2ss— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) May 9, 2019
The Black Ferns Sevens will come up against Russia, China and England in pool play.
“It’s a massive day one, right from game one we have to be focused. Russia really pushed us in Kitakyushu, China are a team that is continuing to improve and England have shown they are a team that can beat anyone."
- This is the fifth Langford Sevens, the Black Ferns Sevens have won three previous tournaments.
- The top four teams at the end of the World Series will gain qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Black Ferns Sevens currently sit first in standings.
- The Black Ferns Sevens lead the Series for most points and tries scored.
- Black Ferns Sevens players Ruby Tui (61) and Sarah Hirini (54) are the leading tacklers on the Series this season.
Day One – Sunday 12 May (NZT)
5.22am v Russia
8.06am v China
11.12am v England
Day Two – Monday 13 May
Watch the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens on the World Rugby facebook page, Sky Sports will show live coverage of the finals.