With both the Black Ferns and the New Zealand Women’s Sevens teams being selected this year following the Women’s Provincial Cup competition in October, this year’s Women’s Sevens Series is being played on the weekends of 6 to 8 May and 27 to 29 May.
The series includes two teams from the National Women’s Development Programme, and the Samoan and Cook Island National Women’s Sevens teams as they prepare for their final Rio qualifier in June.
The two teams include several recent (2015) school leavers, as well as four current players at secondary school in 2016, such as Porirua College Year 12 student Ayesha Leti’liga who played a full season on the left wing for Wellington in last year’s Women’ NPC.
The players selected are (current school players in bold):
Chelsea Alley (North Harbour)
Lauren Balsillie (Manawatu)
Georgia Daals (Wellington)
Krysten Duffill (Manawatu)
Cassandra Engler (Canterbury)
Florida Fatanitavake (Glenfield College, North Harbour)
Rhiarna Ferris (Manawatu)
Lavinia Gould (Bay of Plenty)
Ayesha Leti’liga (Porirua College, Wellington)
Crystal Mayes (Manawatu)
Rina Paraone (Kaipara College, North Harbour)
Kanyon Paul (Waikato)
Charlotte Scanlan (Auckland)
Rebekah Tufuga (Manawatu)
Monica Tagoa’i (St Mary’s College, Wellington)
Sapphire Tapsell (Bay of Plenty)
Renee Wickcliffe (Counties Manukau)
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