The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team has won the opening leg of the World Series in Dubai.
Otago and Southland will be part of a straight shoot-out in the women’s sevens tournament at Timaru today.
It will be tough work for the Otago and Southland men's teams at the regional qualifiers in Timaru tomorrow.
The Otago Blue side won the Referees Sevens tournament in Oamaru on Saturday, getting its sevens season going on a winning note.
Otago has two of the best sevens players in the country but the likelihood of seeing them in the blue and gold in the shortened version of the game appears slim.
Otago will field a new-look team for this year's sevens campaign but one which will not lack effort.
Several southern athletes have been picked up in a national scheme to try to find the next sevens stars, including a rower from Oamaru who has come out of left field.
The Black Ferns have made the perfect start to the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, defending their USA Sevens title in Colorado.
The two Otago players in the All Blacks sevens set-up have signed for next season in the shorter version of the game.
A club sevens series has been organised as the spotlight starts to fall on the shorter version of the game.
New Zealand's world champion Black Ferns Sevens will play in front of their home fans in the new year with the addition of a four-team women's Fast Four tournament to the 2019 Hamilton Sevens.
Otago referee James Doleman has been reappointed to the next season of the World Rugby Sevens Series circuit.
Black Ferns Sevens star winger Portia Woodman says 'it's just going to be better from here' following the team's successful defense of the Sevens World Cup title.
The All Blacks Sevens have followed in the Black Ferns' footsteps, successfully defending their World Cup title in San Francisco.
The All Blacks Sevens have kicked off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 29-5 win over Russia in San Francisco.
Otago winger Jona Nareki has been named in the All Blacks Sevens squad to defend the World Cup in San Francisco later this month.
The Black Ferns Sevens have beaten rivals Australia in the final of the Paris Sevens but have still finished second in the series.