Forced on the defensive once again, NZR boss Steve Tew says door still open for players to join Olympic quest.
Sevens veteran says timing isn't great and leaves "a tough spot to fill" for Rio Olympics.
Legend says absence of so many top players from Rio contention can be put down to one major factor.
Wrestling and acting star ready to answer Sonny Bill Williams' SOS for the NZ sevens team's injury crisis.
OPINION: The Olympics is a pool of golden sewage, ditching it for Super Rugby is the right call.
OPINION: NZ Rugby created the environment for Ardie Savea's decision to withdraw from sevens.
Ardie Savea sets sights on Super Rugby title.
The Hurricanes star won't be going to the Rio Olympics, disappointing coach Gordon Tietjens.
Traditional dancers and political fanfare greet Singapore Sevens victors on arrival in Kenya.
NZ women well beaten by England in Canada final as worries continue ahead of Olympics.
NZ captain apologises for act of petulance in sloppy Singapore Sevens campaign.
Sir Gordon Tietjens highlights star rookie's development as bright spot in Singapore shocker.
Major upset of Fiji at the Singapore Sevens puts Kenya in good stead for a medal at the Olympics.
NZ end disappointing Singapore Sevens with last-gasp defeat, while Kenya surprise in Cup final win.
New Zealand are through to the quarterfinals of the Canada leg of the women's World Sevens Series.
Gordon Tietjens' men sneak into quarterfinals the hard way at the Singapore Sevens.
Injury-hit NZ side will need all of Sonny Bill's big-game experience in Singapore this weekend.
Kickboxer and code-crossing footballer now gets a sevens chance with New Zealand as Olympics loom.
ABs star steps in for the injured Tim Mikkelson in Singapore.
Four players ruled out of Singapore Sevens while DJ Forbes also returns home.
Gordon Tietjens brushes off criticism of his star recruit, saying he is on track to peak at the Olympics.
Three Kiwis make Olympics sevens panel which is headed by controversial South African Craig Joubert.
The 'Honey Badger' will miss up to a month of action after an injury in his first sevens appearance for six years.
Young fan gets unexpected bonus when asking Sonny Bill Williams for a "selfie" after the Hong Kong 7s final.
Brutal final day scheduling rams home Olympics reality for NZ's young sevens stars.
Two men down on a gruelling final day, New Zealand were no match for Fiji in Hong Kong.
NZ women are 0-3 in pursuit of a world series title this year after losing to Australia in the Atlanta 7s final.
New Zealand progress to quarter finals with three contrasting wins.
Kiwi women's sevens side crash to shock defeat at the end of the first day in Atlanta.
Players from the 15-man game may play rugby sevens for Britain at the Rio Olympics.