Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.
The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.
SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.
Code-hopping star will go all out in his bid to play sevens for New Zealand at the Olympic Games.
OPINION: With two more star additions NZ could go from capable to within a whisker of an Olympic certainty.
All Blacks stars confirmed in the NZ Sevens squad for next year's tilt at the Olympics.
New Zealand Rugby are readying themselves for an announcement that will have huge implications on the world of sevens in the coming year.
Another win for Steve Hansen as star first-five turns his back on a shot at gold in Rio.
NZ sevens captain likely to pass the baton to Scott Curry but is desperate to retain his spot for Olympics.
Veteran leader says decision gives him his best chance of pushing on to make the Rio Olympics.
Latest All Blacks Rugby Challenge in development by Aussie studio the first to adapt Sevens competition for gaming.
High quality preparation lined up ahead of new world series season in form of six-match series against Australia in September.
Australia's sevens programme receives mighty boost for Rio 2016 hopes with Fijian-born wing joining team next season.
Wallabies star looks set to back out of a move to French club Toulon and stay at home with hope of making Australia's Olympic rugby sevens team.
Next year is make or break for Wellington Sevens, as the capital's right to host the biggest party of the year is under threat.
Tickets to the Wellington Sevens haven't even gone on sale yet, but organisers are predicting it won't be a sellout.
Prices have been cut, and day passes brought back in a bid to lure sevens fans back to Wellington in January.
Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.
Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.
Wellington Sevens will move to a Saturday-Sunday, team up with the Wellington Cup.
Rio Olympics beckon for Quade Cooper after the Wallaby's contract saga took yet another twist.
The Chiefs are set to lose both Liam Messam and Sonny Bill Williams to sevens next season.
The USA sevens team aren't afraid of facing Julian Savea. How about our NZ sevens dream team then?
Americans say they can physically match top All Blacks should they wear NZ sevens jerseys in 2016.
Sevens player hailed a 'Rugby War Goddess' after dishing out a big hit after taking a nasty blow.
Focus is now on Gordon Tietjens' team finding the winning formula against class outfits like Fiji and South Africa.
A date change - plus All Blacks - could be key ingredients to saving the sevens.
All Black Liam Messam has signed an off-season contract to play in Japan after the Rugby World Cup.
Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.
Motivation is clearly lacking for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team in Amsterdam, with the world series title already safely packed in their carry-on baggage.