Sevens sides to kick off Crusaders-Waratahs clash
The Super Rugby clash between the NSW Waratahs and Crusaders on Sunday features another element of trans-Tasman rugby rivalry with the New Zealand and Australian sevens teams providing the curtain raiser at Allianz Stadium.
With more than a month's time lag between the last leg of the IRB Seven World Series in Japan and the next tournament in Scotland on May 5-6 both sides have decided to use an opportunity to get up to speed before they head to the UK.
Defending champion New Zealand currently lead the standings on 128 points after seven of the nine rounds, just six clear of traditional sevens powerhouse Fiji.
South Africa are third on 105 followed by England (104), Samoa (101) and Australia on 84.
New Zealand has not recorded a win since triumphing in their home tournament in Wellington on February 4; they were the beaten finalists in the USA and Hong Kong and finished third in Tokyo.
After Glasgow the series moves south to London for the final round on May 12-13.