Sevens teams set for scorcher in Perth
The All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens kick off 2024 in Perth next weekend at the third leg of the SVNS World Series.
Currently placed fourth and third respectively on the competition ladders, the teams will be looking for strong performances to start the year as they build to the Paris Olympics.
Dylan Collier returns from injury to captain the All Blacks Sevens which features experience in the form of Tim Mikkelson, Scott Curry, Regan Ware and Sione Molia.
The Black Ferns Sevens welcome the return of the recently married Tyla King (nee Nathan-Wong), for her first tournament of the season. Risi Pouri-Lane will again captain the side in the absence of Sarah Hirini.
The new-look series guarantees action-packed sevens which couldn’t be more true for the All Blacks Sevens, drawn in a pool alongside France, Samoa and Fiji. The Black Ferns Sevens will also be challenged in pool play, facing Japan, Ireland and USA.
Teams travel to Perth this weekend.
The All Blacks Sevens squad is:
Dylan Collier - captain
Unavailable due to injury: Andrew Knewstubb, Lewis Ormond, Roderick Solo, Kitiona Vai, Payton Spencer, Joe Webber and Tone Ng Shiu
The Black Ferns Sevens squad is:
Tyla King (nee Nathan-Wong)
Risi Pouri-Lane - captain
Unavailable due to injury: Sarah Hirini, Terina Te Tamaki, Kelly Brazier
Draw (times in NZDT)
Day One - Friday 26 January
6.54pm Black Ferns Sevens v Japan
7.16pm All Blacks Sevens v France
10.56pm Black ferns Sevens v Ireland
Day Two – Saturday 27 January
12.08am All Blacks Sevens v Samoa
4.06pm Black Ferns Sevens v USA
6.25pm All Blacks Sevens v Fiji
2-3 December – Dubai Sevens
9-10 December – Cape Town Sevens
26-28 January – Perth Sevens
23-25 February – Vancouver Sevens
2-3 March – Los Angeles Sevens
5-7 April – Hong Kong Sevens
3-5 May – Singapore Sevens
31 May – 2 June – Madrid Sevens
24 – 30 July – Paris Olympics