The mini-series, hosted at Mt Maunganui College, sees the Black Ferns Sevens Development team up against Australia’s aboriginal national side Australian First Nations and Japanese club side Nagato Blue Angels.
New Zealand Rugby’s High Performance Talent Development Sevens Manager, and Co-Coach, Chad Tuoro said the Development team is made up of seven contracted Black Ferns Sevens alongside six development players.
“The approach to the programme this year is different, where we have previously had a standalone development team, this year we have a smaller group of players who have come in and trained alongside the Black Ferns Sevens.
“Its great value in that they are in the environment rubbing shoulders with professional players and experiencing the intensity and physicality of training.
“The aim is to close the gap between the development players at the top team, ultimately we hope it results in the development players to feel comfortable and enables them to transition easily if they are brought into the professional environment,” said Tuoro.
Kayla Ahki will have her first run in a black jersey since 2017, while Dyhs Faleafaga returns from injury after bursting onto the international scene last year.
The Black Ferns Sevens Development team is:
Princess Elliott (Auckland)
Tynealle Fitzgerald (Bay of Plenty)
Waikohika Flescher (Counties Manukau)
Grace Kukutai (Auckland)
Isla Norman-Bell (Auckland)
Manaia Nuku (Waikato)
Kayla Ahki (Black Ferns Sevens)
Dhys Faleafaga (Black Ferns Sevens)
Mahina Paul (Black Ferns Sevens)
Risaleeana Pouri-Lane (Black Ferns Sevens)
Cheyelle Robins-Reti (Black Ferns Sevens)
Terina Te Tamaki (Black Ferns Sevens)
Tenika Willison (Black Ferns Sevens)
The match schedule
9am Black Ferns Sevens Development v Nagato
11am First Nations v Nagato
1pm Black Ferns Sevens Development v Nagato
3pm Black Ferns Sevens Development v First Nations
5pm First Nations v Nagato
9am Black Ferns Sevens Development v First Nations
11am Black Ferns Sevens Development v First Nations
1pm First Nations v Nagato
3pm Black Ferns Sevens Development v Nagato