Rio qualification close for NZ women's sevens

NZ women's sevens team captain Sarah Goss, left, says her team has been working on defence and the contact area.

If NZ continue impressive world series form in Canada, Olympic qualification could be secured by Monday.

Canes duo confirm they won't say no to Rio Olympics

Hurricanes Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara (left to right) go through a fitness drill at Hurricanes training.

Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea both unequivocal in their desire to chase a gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

McAlister and Woodman rise up sevens ranks

Kayla McAlister, left, and Portia Woodman have formed the most fearsome combination in women's sevens.

What started as a couple of friends 'mucking about' has become the most lethal pairing in the world of women's sevens.

Hunt for gold in Rio won't cost All Blacks cash

Beauden Barrett could feature in the NZ Sevens' plans to win gold in Rio.

NZ Rugby has promised no ABs or Super Rugby franchises will be forced to make financial sacrifices.

Cruden turns down Olympic sevens offer

Aaron Cruden wants to concentrate on his All Blacks career rather than chase gold at the Olympics.

Aaron Cruden said no to a shot at an Olympic Sevens spot, choosing to focus on the All Blacks.

Women's sevens side for Canada tough to select

New Zealand women’s sevens coach Sean Horan says it was no easy task selecting his squad for the upcoming Canada leg of the World Series.

Coach Sean Horan's job getting harder as he selects NZ women’s sevens team for Canada leg of World Series.

Singapore event added to World Sevens Series

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Wealthy southeast Asian city-state to stage a leg of sevens World Series next year at National Stadium.

Plate win consoles Kiwis in Tokyo video

Beaudine Wakka runs the ball for New Zealand at the Tokyo Sevens.

New Zealand recover from quarterfinal loss to win plate at sevens event won by England.

Canada stun New Zealand Sevens in Tokyo

Joe Webber opened the scoring for New Zealand against Canada but they weren't able to kick on.

New Zealand’s World Rugby Sevens Series hopes took a big dent in Tokyo on Sunday afternoon.

NZ Sevens ease into Tokyo quarterfinals

New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson makes a break against Scotland in Tokyo.

The NZ Sevens team has qualified for the Tokyo Sevens quarterfinals with a match to spare in Pool B.

Time for New Zealand Sevens team to step up

Gordon Tietjens' New Zealand side have made the past four world series finals.

It's business time in the World Rugby Sevens Series, and that's often when NZ come into their own.

Lomu: Rio Olympics debut will revolutionise sevens

Jonah Lomu was named one of the "Magnificent Seven" to celebrate 40 years of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu believes next year's Olympics debut will take sevens to 'the next level'.

Fiji beat New Zealand to win Hong Kong Sevens

Jerry Tuwai was on the score sheet for the Fijians against New Zealand.

For the second tournament in a row, NZ have been beaten by Fiji in a Sevens Series final.

NZ sevens side held to draw by Portugal

Scott Curry and his NZ team-mates came very close to a shock loss at the hands of Portugal at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Lack-lustre Kiwis pushed all the way in 24-24 draw with plucky Portuguese at Hong Kong Sevens.

Old heads to guide rookies in Hong Kong

WISE ONE: DJ Forbes, centre, will provide key experience for New Zealand in Hong Kong.

The atmosphere, city and stadium all combine to make for an experience like no other on the Sevens circuit.

NZ Sevens sisters forging sporting dynasty

New Zealand’s female, sevens version of Pele would have to be Portia Woodman.

Beaten just twice in world series history, team win fifth straight tournament in taking out US event.

NZ sevens named for Hong Kong and Tokyo legs

WELCOME BACK: Tim Mikkelson returns to the New Zealand sevens team after recovering from injury.

Two returning veterans and two new faces are included in the NZ Sevens team for Hong Kong and Tokyo legs of the sevens world series.

Woodman try blitz leads NZ to Atlanta Sevens win

SEVENS STAR: New Zealander Portia Woodman.

Kiwi scores a record five tries in a match and 14 for the tournament as she leads NZ to sevens final victory.

NZ women make Atlanta Sevens final

SEVENS STAR: NZ women's sevens player Kayla McAlister.

NZ women's sevens team pushed all the way in the semis, but prevail over Canada 24-22.

Quarterfinal beckons for NZ women's team in Atlanta

HARD TO STOP: Portia Woodman scored five tries in three games for New Zealand on the opening day of the Atlanta Sevens.

The NZ women’s sevens team racked up 126 points in pool play on Sunday to ease into the Atlanta Sevens quarterfinals.

Wellington keeps sevens, but date could change

STICKING AROUND: The Wellington Sevens is set to stay, although the date could change from next season.

Wellington is set to retain its annual World Rugby Sevens tournament, but the date could change.

Wet weather prep for women sevens

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Dash of rain in Mount Maunganui provides ideal preparation for NZ women's sevens team ahead of Atlanta Sevens.

Olympic dream still burns for netballer Grant

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Talented sportswoman Keshia Grant is still clinging to her Rio Olympic sevens dream.

Time is fast running out for Tactix netballer Keshia Grant in her bid to play sevens rugby at next year's Rio Olympics.

Sydney takes over Australian leg of World Series

Con Foley of Australia is tackled by Sainivalati Ramuwai of Fiji during the Gold Coast Sevens in October.

Gold Coast loses Australian leg of Sevens World Series as Allianz Stadium gets rights for next four years.

Season sweep still on for NZ sevens women video

ALL SMILES: Honey Hireme is happy to be back in the New Zealand women’s sevens team.

The NZ women's sevens team is on the cusp of something special - a clean sweep of the World Series events.

Hireme, Tapsell back for NZ women's sevens

HBW: Honey Hireme is nicknamed Honey Bill Williams for her game-breaking skills.

Women's rugby sevens World Cup winners return to the side building up to next year's Rio Olympics.

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

STINGING WORDS: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has come out swinging at his country's 'lazy' sevens players.

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

Mikkelson extends contract with NZ sevens team

TIM MIKKELSON: ‘‘It was definitely an easy decision with the Olympics around the corner.’’

NZ Sevens player and former world player of the year re-signs contract through to the Rio Olympic Games.

Vancouver secures rugby sevens series leg

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 26:  Pita Akhi of New Zealand takes on Lucas Hammond of Canada in the Rugby Sevens match between New Zealand and Canada at Ibrox Stadium during day three of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 26, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

World Rugby expands sevens season with a 10th tournament added to the calendar next year.

Productive few weeks for New Zealand sevens

LEAPING AHEAD: New Zealand sevens player Sherwin Stowers evades a Fijian defender during the Las Vegas final.

Injuries and a final loss apart, it's been a good two weeks for the New Zealand sevens team.

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