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After a nine week break in competition the Black Ferns Sevens are ready to take the field at the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan this weekend.

The team features two new faces, with 18-year-old Dhys Faleafaga set to make her Black Ferns Sevens debut, while Rhiarna Ferris will play at her first World Series event after debuting at the Fast Four tournament in Hamilton in January.

The team is;

1. Ruby Tui

2. Shakira Baker

3. Stacey Waaka

4. Niall Williams

5. Sarah Hirini - captain

6. Cheyelle Robins-Reti

7. Tyla Nathan-Wong

8. Dhys Faleafaga

9. Tenika Willison

10. Rhiarna Ferris

11. Terina Te Tamaki

12. Alena Saili

- Risaleaana Pouri-Lane is the travelling reserve.

Black Ferns Sevens Assistant Coach Cory Sweeney congratulated Rhiarna Ferris and Dhys Faleafaga ahead of their World Series debuts.

"Its two very different stories, Rhiarna has been working away for almost 18 months and has come back from injury for this opportunity while on the other hand, Dhys is straight out of school, she has only recently come into our team and has slotted in nicely. Its going to be exciting for both of them."

The debuts come on the back of a handful of injuries to the Black Ferns Sevens, with a number of experienced players sidelined for the Kitakyushu event.

"Injury provides opportunity. We are totally confident with the group of players we have in Japan, in that they can continue performing at a high level.

"There is a lot of unknowns in terms of new players; they need to go express themselves and they might take a few people by surprise. It’s an exciting weekend for the Black Ferns Sevens and for the future of this team."

Sweeney said with the World Series continuing to improve every year, pool play is never an easy task.

"There is no such thing as an easy day one. We have Japan first up who will be tough, we haven’t played Russia for a while but they are always challenging and then France is another strong team."

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