With Olympic qualification secured, the team will look for a strong finish to the season with a fifth HSBC Sevens Series title within their grasp.
The Black Ferns Sevens 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. Cheyelle Robins-Reti
10. Theresa Fitzpatrick
11. Dhys Faleafaga
12. Alena Saili
*Tenika Willison is the travelling reserve.
Assistant Coach Cory Sweeney said the team has had a solid build up to the tournament.
“We arrived in Biarritz at the end of last week and wanted to make sure the team had the chance to get through some solid training sessions as well as enjoying our surrounds.
?? CAPTAIN'S CALL | Hear from @sgoss10 as she talks about this weekend's @BiarritzSevens and her 200th World Sevens Series match! #BiarritzSevens pic.twitter.com/qs3z9Dd8BG— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) June 13, 2019“There has been a real intensity at training this week, you can sense that there is a desire to finish the season on a high,” said Sweeney.
The Black Ferns Sevens finished agonisingly close to the Series title last year but heading into this weekend the team are 12 points clear of USA in second place.
“We control our destiny this weekend – we are well aware of that. As long as we go out there and perform with focus the results will take care of themselves,” said Sweeney.
Drawn in Pool A, the Black Ferns Sevens will face England, Russia and Scotland on Day One.
- This is the fourth Women’s Sevens event in France (the first in Biarritz), the Black Ferns Sevens have won the past two tournaments.
- The Black Ferns Sevens are the only team to have secured Olympic Qualification this season, three teams are set to join them this weekend.
- The Black Ferns Sevens lead the Series for most points and tries scored.
- Black Ferns Sevens players Ruby Tui (68) and Sarah Hirini (63) are the leading tacklers on the Series this season.
- Tyla Nathan-Wong is the second highest points scorer this season with 173 points.
- Captain Sarah Hirini is set to become the first female player to play 200 Sevens Series matches (this milestone should be reached in game 5)
Day One – Saturday 15/Sunday 16 June (NZT)
11.36pm v Scotland
2.20am v Russia
5.04am v England
Day Two – Sunday 16/Monday 17 June
Watch the HSBC Biarritz Sevens on the World Rugby facebook page, Sky Sports will show live coverage of the finals.
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