A couple of young Otago backs have been picked for national development squads to play in the Oceania championships in Fiji this weekend.
Fiji extended its record winning run in Hong Kong Sevens rugby to a fifth successive title after beating France 21-7 in the final on Sunday.
An Otago University women's team is set to be part of a festival of sevens event in Pukekohe tomorrow.
New Zealand's All Black Sevens have suffered their first loss to Spain at the Canada Sevens tournament.
Players from the South have been selected in New Zealand development teams set to head to Japan next week.
The Black Ferns have begun their sevens season the same way they finished their last — with more wins.
Injury concerns have abated and an almost fully fit squad will line up in Hamilton next weekend at the New Zealand sevens tournament.
There may have been empty seats and zero atmosphere at the new tournament in Tauranga, but the horse had bolted in getting the sevens back to Queenstown.
Otago is always going to find it hard in sevens because of its location and lack of games but more commitment is needed from both players and the union, Otago coaches say.
The Otago sides produced a mixed bag of performances at the national sevens tournament in Tauranga over the weekend.
Southland delivered an encouraging 2018 national provincial tournament showing which included claiming the prize scalp of Auckland.
Otago has been hit with a tough draw but is intending to try to slide past the opposition at the national sevens tournament in Tauranga today.
Otago has been boosted by the inclusion of top sevens player Alena Saili for the national tournament in Tauranga this weekend.