It’s an ominous sign for the other teams on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series when New Zealand can be without three or four of their strongest players and still win every game they play. That’s what happened in Langford last weekend at the HSBC Canada Sevens as the Black Ferns Sevens showed that they have talent lurking in their wider squad that is ready to step up when the call comes. A winning streak of 19 games and counting does not look like coming to an end any time soon with the Kiwis having suffered just one defeat in the last 31 matches.
That puts them 14 points clear at the top of the table with just one tournament left to play so barring an incredible turn of events, they will regain the crown they lost to Australia last year when the series culminates in Clermont-Ferrand next month.
Ruby Tui, the HSBC Player of the Final in Canada, was quick to make reference to her team-mates and a number of players who were unable to make the trip to Langford due to commitments with the New Zealand 15s team. She said: “I couldn’t do a single part of my job if it wasn’t the whole team. There were a few girls back home we wanted to make proud, the whole Black Ferns 15s team – it’s a countrywide thing so it was great for us to be able to do that for them. I know they’ll have been following us and they’ll be so pleased.
“It’s been an amazing ride. In a way, the wins are a bonus because we’re just trying to play well and create depth in the squad. We’re trying to develop a culture that really means something to the whole of New Zealand. When we win it’s amazing and we’re really going to enjoy this but I’m just happy to play rugby.
“We’ll go on to France next for the last tournament in the series and we’ll be hoping to do well there as well and we know that if we play well, that’s all we can expect of ourselves. We have a good lead in the series but it’s not over yet and we’ll be doing our best to make sure we get the job done in Clermont. But whatever happens we’ll keep enjoying ourselves and we’ll keep trying to make everyone back home proud.”