Aussie Sevens announce Trans-Tasman series with New Zealand

by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Aussies Sevens teams have announced that they will head to New Zealand for a three-day series against their Kiwi counterparts.

It will mark the first time in nearly 500 days that they will face another international opponent following the postponement of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The games will be played between May 21-23 in Auckland, with two games per day in an Olympic format as they ramp up preparations for the Tokyo Games.

Rugby Australia’s Performance Manager Rugby Sevens, Scott Bowen said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to head across to New Zealand and play in some competitive matches. 

“With nearly 500 days since our last international fixture for both Men’s and Women’s programs, the opportunity to get game time is invaluable. 

“If you were to ask any of our players they’d tell you that they’re the best in the world at training, so next weekend is an opportunity for both teams to apply their learnings and continue to build into the Olympics.”

The gold-medalist women’s side will head to New Zealand on the 18th of May following the second round of Finals for the AON Uni Sevens, which is set to take place in Queensland from 15-16 May.

The Kiwis will be looking to continue their period of dominance across the women's Sevens format, winning the final four legs of the World Series before it was postponed.

The men’s side will then travel on the following day, who are currently in Darwin as they ramp up preparation for the Games.

They will be out for revenge after their narrow loss in their previous encounter with the Kiwis, falling 21-19 in the third-place match at the USA Sevens.

Squads for both sides will be confirmed shortly before the fixtures