Every picture tells a story and snappers are on the button with unforgettable images at any major sporting event, and that was no different at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

Everyone will have their own special memory from the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17, but here are just a few of the moments from two days at 7he Sevens Stadium.


WORTH THE WAIT: New Zealand celebrate their first title since April 2015 with a haka in front of a packed house at 7he Sevens Stadium. That last title, in Langford, was a sixth in a row, but the Black Ferns Sevens had gone seven series events since without getting their hands on the Cup, until they found a way to beat Australia, the Olympic and defending Dubai and series champions, 17-5. 


FROM TEARS TO CHEERS: Portia Woodman crestfallen and in tears on the pitch in Rio 2016 was one of the images of the gold medal match with Australia, her yellow card proving a turning point in the game between the only nations to win the world series title. Fast forward four months and Woodman was doing what she does best, scoring a try in the final to help New Zealand end their title drought in Dubai.


HOME FROM HOME: Russia clearly like playing in Dubai, having reached the final in 2015 and stunned Canada in the Cup quarter-finals en route to another semi-final appearance in 2016. They had to settle for a bronze medal this time, after overcoming England to finish with a victory, but will the Russians be able to find the consistency they crave when the season resumes in Sydney in February? 


IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: Ireland have found life on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series hard-going, but they bounced back from a difficult opening day - remember that missed conversion by Lucy Mulhall for a win over Fiji? - to battle back against Spain to win the first Challenge Trophy, the new name for the Bowl competition on day two. 


IN FULL FLIGHT: One of England's Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 winners to remain in their sevens programme post Rio 2016, Heather Fisher was at her destructive best again in Dubai, shrugging off tackles and charging across the pitch as her side finished fourth.



TRY-SCORING MACHINE: There was simply no stopping the New Zealand flyer in Dubai with Michaela Blyde crossing for 10 tries in the desert, including two hat-tricks against France on day one and South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals. It's no wonder she made the dream team for the opening round in Dubai and those who picked Blyde in their Rugby7Stars team would have had a big smile on their faces as she racked up the points for them!