Brazier, Woodman missing from team

Kelly Brazier. Photo: Getty Images
Kelly Brazier. Photo: Getty Images
Two big names will be missing from the Black Ferns Sevens in their first home appearance.

The side will play in the invitational fast four tournament this weekend, which will run alongside the Hamilton sevens.

Kelly Brazier has sustained a calf injury and will join Portia Woodman on the sidelines.

However, midfielder Niall Williams returns from injury, while Manawatu's Rhiarna Ferris is set to make her debut.

Coach Alan Bunting said Ferris' chance had been some time in coming, having been in the squad for the past year.

''Rhiarna has been knocking on the door for a while now.

''She is back from injury and we've seen what a hard worker she is.

''Bringing her into the team for this tournament is another chance for us to build depth.''

The team will play China, England and France at the tournament.

Bunting said the side was looking forward to play at home.

''We have seen in the way the team has been training that they can't wait to play in Hamilton.

''There has been a real edge in how the players have been going about their preparation, so we are looking forward to this weekend.''

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