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New Zealand sides look forward to Kiwi support in Perth

New Zealand sides look forward to Kiwi support in Perth

All BlacksJanuary 25, 2024

Black Ferns Sevens captain Risi Pouri-Lane said the side is looking to draw on the support of New Zealanders in the third series of the HSBC SVNS being held in Perth over the weekend.

Perth is hosting the event for the first time, and Pouri-Lane said her side was looking forward to it.

"The team are really pumped to start this Olympic year. A lot of the girls have family here, so we know we are going to have heaps of support and we are looking forward to getting started."

While Australia leads the series after two rounds, New Zealand shares second place with France, six points behind the Australian women, the home side wants to complete a hat-trick of titles with a win on home soil.

Australia is in a pool with Canada, Great Britain and South Africa, while New Zealand is drawn against the USA, Ireland and Japan.

Our teams are ready to make some waves this weekend in WA ๐ŸŒŠ

Donโ€™t miss any of the action LIVE on @skysportnz #AllBlacks7s | #BlackFerns7s | #PERSVNS pic.twitter.com/cm4JC0rABy

โ€” NZ Sevens (@nz_sevens) January 22, 2024

Argentina leads the men's competition, and captain Santiago Alvarez said, "We are happy to have played the first two tournaments very well, but the season is very long, and we still have some things to correct.

"We are enjoying it and trying not to feel the pressure of being on top. This year is more competitive than ever; every team is very tough, and we must be very focused and keep doing what we have been doing until here."

Australian men's captain Nick Malouf said there was nothing like being able to represent his country on home soil.

Dylan Collier has returned 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 All Blacks Sevens, in fourth place, are in a pool with Fiji (3rd), France (8th), and Samoa (7th), while Australia (6th) meets Ireland (5th), Great Britain (11th), and the USA (10th).

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