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Black Ferns and All Blacks Sevens into semi-finals in Toulouse

By Ben Smith
Players of New Zealand perform a haka after the final game of the World Rugby Seven Series 2023 BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 5, 2023. (Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Black Ferns and All Blacks Sevens have qualified for the semi-finals of the World Sevens Series in Toulouse.


After day one victories over USA and Poland which secured the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title for 2023, the Black Ferns Sevens continued their winning ways with a 28-7 win over Canada, powered by a Jorja Miller brace in their final pool game.

Risi Pouri-Lane grabbed a double against Japan in the 29-7 quarter-final win to set up a semi-final showdown with France, who earlier upset Australia and made the final four with a win over Great Britain in their quarter.

Australia were still able to top their pool despite the upset defeat and beat Ireland 17-7 in the quarter-final to set up a semi-final with the USA.

In the men’s, the All Blacks Sevens cruised to the semi-finals with a 35-0 win over Ireland to book a semi-final date with France.

New Zealand had comfortable wins over Canada 29-12 and Kenya 31-5 before a tough 14-12 win over Uruguay.

A length of the field try to Roderick Solo after a Regan Ware break gave the All Blacks a 14-5 lead with under two minutes to play.


Argentina booked a date with Canada in the other men’s semi-final after a hard-fought 21-12 win over South Africa, while Canada overcome Australia by 12-10.

If the All Blacks Sevens are able to secure their third straight gold and fifth event overall in Toulouse they would seal the Series with one leg remaining.


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