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Black Ferns Seven eye Series title in Biarritz

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The Black Ferns Sevens take the field today at the HSBC Biarritz Sevens with their eyes firmly set on two pieces of silverware.

With Olympic qualification secured, the team will look for a strong finish to the season with a fifth HSBC Sevens Series title within their grasp.

The Black Ferns Sevens team is;

1. Ruby Tui

2. Shakira Baker

3. Terina Te Tamaki

4. Niall Williams

5. Sarah Hirini - captain

6. Michaela Blyde

7. Tyla Nathan-Wong

8. Kelly Brazier

9. Cheyelle Robins-Reti

10. Theresa Fitzpatrick

11. Dhys Faleafaga

12. Alena Saili

-Tenika Willison is the travelling reserve.

Assistant Coach Cory Sweeney said the team has had a solid build up to the tournament.

"We arrived in Biarritz at the end of last week and wanted to make sure the team had the chance to get through some solid training sessions as well as enjoying our surrounds.

"There has been a real intensity at training this week, you can sense that there is a desire to finish the season on a high," said Sweeney.

The Black Ferns Sevens finished agonisingly close to the Series title last year but heading into this weekend the team are 12 points clear of USA in second place.

"We control our destiny this weekend - we are well aware of that. As long as we go out there and perform with focus the results will take care of themselves," said Sweeney.

Drawn in Pool A, the Black Ferns Sevens will face England, Russia and Scotland on Day One.

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