Sevens

Liam Messam promoting indigenous sevens tournament

GOOD GESTURE: All Black Liam Messam is giving his name to a new indigenous sevens tournament to be played in Cambridge next month.

All Blacks loose forward gives name to new sevens tournament that will have indigenous selection basis.

Honey 'Bill' back in NZ women's sevens squad

PACE AND POWER: Waikato wing Honey Hireme is back in the NZ women's sevens squad for 2015.

Waikato wing returns to contracted sevens squad this year after break in 2014, adding her trademark power and pace.

Bainimarama asserts Fijians' rugby rights

RESPONSIBLE: Fijian Prime Ministern Voreqe Bainimarama took exception to privately owned Fiji TV taking sole broadcast rights to the sevens and imposed a decree requiring the matches to be shared across television channels, public and private.

Fiji PM brushes off World Rugby criticism of how sevens TV coverage was seized and broadcast free.

McAlister fills up the scoreboards

FULL FLIGHT: Kayla McAlister does what Kayla McAlister does, scything through an opposition defence to score.

Lucky for her, Kayla McAlister doesn't keep count of the tries she scores during sevens tournaments.

Victory in ring key for SBW's sporting master plan

SONNY BILL WILLIAMS: "This is very important, especially after what happened in the last fight. I want to get in there and have a really positive outcome."

Potential defeat to journeyman American on January 31 will force a re-think of future plans for All Blacks midfielder.

Waikato win national sevens as Wellington lose crown

KEY MAN: Luke Masirewa scored a brace of tries for Waikato in the final.

Waikato have won the national sevens tournament after surviving early setbacks in the final against Wellington.

Wellington off to a flying start in sevens defence

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Wellington's Belgium Tuatagaloa runs with the ball during a match against Wairarapa at the national sevens tournament in Rotorua.

Defending champions Wellington have started as they mean to go on at the national sevens tournament in Rotorua.

ABs have four months to make Olympic sevens call

SEVENS HEAVEN: All Blacks winger Julian Savea will need to decide by May whether he wants to pursue a sevens gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea and their All Blacks teammates face big call over whether to chase Olympic.

Walking wounded hobble Manawatu

Manawatu is facing tough competition at weekend's national sevens finals in Rotorua - like Southland captain Georgie Lindsay.

Women's sevens coach Wesley Clarke is facing a tough title defence at this weekend's finals in Rotorua

Former New Zealand sevens player switches to England

SWITCHING SIDES: Former New Zealand sevens player Warwick Lahmert wants to play for England.

Former New Zealand sevens player Warwick Lahmert has a chance for another crack at the world series - this time in another colour.

Nabou slippery addition to Counties sevens side

FLYING FIJIAN: Counties Manukau Sevens captain Sikeli Nabou will play a key role in his side’s bid to win its first national title since 1995.

Team hoping presence of towering Fijian lock will help them claim NZ National Sevens title in Rotorua this weekend.

New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

SA prove sevens not easy

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

CLASH OF THE TITANS: The draw for the Wellington sevens makes a repeat of the 2014 final between New Zealand and South Africa possible, provided both teams top their pools at Westpac Stadium.

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

NZ sevens pay price for mistakes video

DEJECTED: The New Zealand sevens team leave the field after losing the final in Port Elizabeth.

An improved NZ sevens side still not a polished winning team, beaten in a tense final on the latest leg of the World Series.

NZ side top Pool D

TRY TIME: Joe Webber scored three tries on day one at the South Africa Sevens, including the match-winner in their final group match against England.

NZ sevens side topped Pool D after three wins on first day of South Africa stop on World Sevens Series.

Bailout in bid to save sevens

STEVE TEW: "In our view we’ve put on a successful tournament at Westpac Stadium for a very long time and that’s largely been done by Wellington with some help from us."

NZ Rugby comes to Wgtn's rescue but warns sevens tournament could leave capital.

Tough pool what NZ Sevens need

CHALLENGE: Gordon Tietjens is looking forward to testing opposition in South Africa.

Demanding draw in Port Elizabeth could be exactly the tonic Gordon Tietjens ordered for his stuttering side.

NZ sevens 'attitude' problem

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has demanded collective leadership from players at the Port Elizabeth Sevens in South Africa this weekend.

Gordon Tietjens calls for improved mental toughness as his side look to turn around sloppy start to season.

Vaeno makes big impression

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Teen Latu Vaeno makes impressive debut for Taranaki at Central Region tournament in Palmerston North.

NZ sevens feel heat in Dubai

OUTCLASSED: New Zealand sevens star Gillies Kaka is tackled by South Africa's Werner Kok at the Dubai Sevens.

Gordon Tietjens' side have made their worst start to the sevens world series since the 2005-06 season.

NZ sevens fourth in Dubai

NZ sevens star Gillies Kaka is tackled by South Africa's Werner Kok at the Dubai Sevens.

After impressive efforts in pool play, Kiwis finish a disappointing fourth at the Dubai Sevens.

Sevens team through to Dubai semis

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Joe Webber scored two tries to help New Zealand easily overcome England and book a place in the Dubai sevens semifinals.

The New Zealand's men's sevens team are through to the semifinals in Dubai.

Taranaki wins Central Region title

A try in the first minute of extra time earned Taranaki the Central Region provincial rugby sevens title.

NZ women steal Dubai win

RECLAIMING TITLE: Charlotte Broughton and the New Zealand women's team exacted revenge on Australia in the Dubai final.

New Zealand women's sevens team win Dubai title in final minute, beating Australia.

NZ start sevens in style

MILESTONE: Tim Mikkelson now has 150 tries for New Zealand.

Tim Mikkelson scored five tries as New Zealand outscored their pool opponents 120-0 in Dubai.

Women's sevens win three

NZ SEVENS STAR: Charlotte Broughton.

NZ make a solid start to their new world series campaign scoring 96 points in Dubai on the first day of the new season.

Wellington ready to step up

BIG STEP UP: Wellington sevens coach Scott Waldrom has named a strong side for the Central Region Sevens tournament in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Wellington will look to take a major step toward defending their national crown when they line up in Central Region Sevens tournament on Saturday.

Tough Tietjens raises bar

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens talks to his team after the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens Pool A match against Japan at Cbus Super Stadium in October.

Trainings for NZ sevens team in Mt Maunganui are always hard, but they've taken it to another level this season.

Rickards excited by squad

FAMILIAR FACE: Beaudein Waaka will play halfback for the Taranaki sevens side.

Willie Rickards reduces squad to 19 players as Taranaki prepare for central regions qualifying tournament.

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