The All Black Sevens and Black Ferns squads have been announced and will travel to Australia next Tuesday for the Oceania Sevens.
It will be the first time the teams have travelled offshore since the start of 2020 and marks the last tournament before Olympic selection.
“There were definitely some tight calls with players who have missed out, but we know their time will come and they will be really good players for us in the future,” said All Black Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw.
“We’ve created a lot of competition for places so it's important we play as well as we can next week and then we can turn our attention to making some tough decisions when it comes to that Olympics squad.”
Black Ferns Sevens Co-Coach Allan Bunting thinks the opportunity of playing new opponents is an important one.
“Playing other teams is important, Fiji will bring something different, and we expect the Australian team to be strong,” he said. “We’ve been building our foundations for a while so this is about cementing that squad for the Olympics.”
All Black Sevens:
Kurt Baker, Caleb Clarke, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Tone Ng Shiu, Amanaki Nicole, Akuila Rokolisoa, William Warbrick, Regan Ware, Joe Webber and Kitiona Vai.
Shakira Baker, Michaela Blyde, Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Dhys Faleafaga, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Stacey Fluhler, Sarah Hirini, Jazmin Hotham, Shiray Kaka, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane, Alena Saili, Terina Te Tamaki, Ruby Tui, Niall Williams, Tenika Willison and Portia Woodman.