The Black Fern sevens fell short of an Olympic gold in the Summer Olympics back in 2016 in Rio, Brazil. Getting defeated by their arch rivals Australia in the finals after a historic nail biter finals with went on to see two over times before Australia was able to score the golden point.
This Olympic Games in Tokyo, the black ferns are taking a different approach from other teams, while other Olympic teams like USA and Canada have been preparing, taking part in Invitational tournaments like Madrid 7s and Emirates invitational 7s. The Black Ferns opted to keep to them selves and make their own mini competition, taking advantage of New Zealand’s overflowing pool of rugby talent .
In Hataitai Park, Wellington, the Takiwhitu Tuturu Pure Sevens took place this 9th and 10th of April, where we got to see the Sevens ladies in action. With four team participating, the Black Ferns Sevens White, which has players like Portia Woodman, Kelly Brazier and Rugby Tui. The Black Ferns which has players like Alana Beremner, Carys Dallinger and Amy Du Plessis in their line up. The Black Ferns Sevens Black, which is grazed by the likes of Stacy Fluhler, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Niall Williams, and last but not the least, Moana Pasifika which features players like Tysha Ikenasio, Grace Kukutai and Shannon Muru.
The four teams battled it out the last two days in round robin format then battled it out in the finals. This is the first sevens game of the Black Ferns since the lockdown started, with teams around the world looking for the best way to prepare for the Olympic game in this pandemic era of sports.
The Black Ferns instagram page has been posting up dates religiously about the events and last wrote: