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.
For only the second time in nearly two decades, Otago has had three players turning out in black on the sevens circuit.
The Kiwis secured their quarterfinals spot at the Cape Town Sevens this morning after a stunning come-from-behind 26-21 victory over South Africa.
The national sevens teams dominate nominations for the Team of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards.
Southland women’s sevens coach Mere Baker is disappointed they won’t get a shot at lining up in the national provincial tournament this month but could not fault the players’ effort.