New Zealand Women’s Rugby Sevens Team

The Squad

Sarah Goss
Shakira Baker
Kelly Brazier
Gayle Broughton
Theresa Fitzpatrick
Kayla McAlister
Huriana Manuel
Tyla Nathan-Wong
Terina Te Tamaki
Ruby Tui
Niall Williams
Portia Woodman

About the Team

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While the New Zealand Women’s team have a tough act to follow in the world dominant All Blacks – a national team that is the winningest in both 15s and 7s – they expect to be in medal contention come August 8.

New Zealand Women’s Sevens dominated the Women’s Sevens Series since its inception in 2012. In the 2014/15 they finished the series 12 points clear of nearest rival Canada, and with it, automatic qualification to Rio De Janiero. They will be one of the favorites despite Australia winning the 2016 Women’s Sevens Series title for the first time.

After four years of training and hype, New Zealand women’s sevens captain Sarah Goss just wants to get to Brazil and play rugby.

“I suppose it was hard when the team got named, knowing some of your teammates had missed out and obviously they’d worked really hard to make it,” Goss said. “But it’s just nice being able to focus on one thing and everyone’s got that one goal in mind of working hard and hopefully performing well.”

“Aussie are going to be one of the toughest competitions and there’s also teams like Great Britain, with who they’re going to have, and Canada are also there or thereabouts. We’ve also got a tough pool with Spain and France in our pool and at times they’ve tested us. But for us it’s going to be good and we always talk about if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best, so we’re going to take anyone in our stride and hopefully put in good performances,” she added.

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