Black Ferns Sevens create history, win back-to-back World Cup titles

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of day two of the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Watch all the action live here. Every game of the men's and women's Rugby World Cup Sevens will be live from July 21-23 on TVNZ's Duke channel - Freeview 13, Sky 23, and streaming on tvnz.co.nz.

3:30pm

The Black Ferns have their hands on the trophy, a large number of the crowd have stayed behind to celebrate with the Kiwis. That'll be all from us today.

Be sure to join us again tomorrow, as the men's final will be decided. New Zealand face Fiji, while South Africa and England will go head to head for a spot in the final.

3:17pm: NZ 29 France 0

TRY!!! We're into the final minute, and France have knoced the ball on. NZ feed the scrum, and the ball moves to Blyde who breaks through again! A hat-trick in the final for Michaela Blyde!

The conversion is good, and that's fulltime. The Black Ferns sevens are champions of the world once again!

3:15pm: NZ 22 France 0

TRY!!! Portia Woodman comes up with a blistering run down the left! She's tackled short of the line, but NZ move the ball! Blyde gets the ball and goes straight through two defenders to score her second of the match!

Nathan-Wong converts this time.

3:13pm: NZ 15 France 0

A break in play now as Coralie Bertrand stays down injured. France have the restart, but time is running out for them.

3:10pm: NZ 15 France 0

France break, but Ruby Tui forces a turnover and NZ can break! France win a penalty though as Broughton doesn't release.

3:08pm: NZ 15 France 0

Nathan-Wong gets the second half underway! NZ just seven minutes from history.

3:06pm: NZ 15 France 0

TRY!!! France give away a penalty for not allowing the play-the-ball on Blyde. Nathan-Wong takes it quickly, and races over to score in the corner!

Brilliant awareness from Nathan-Wong! She can't convert her own try, that's halftime too.

3:04pm: NZ 10 France 0

TRY!!! Portia Woodman scores! The most dangerous sight in rugby - Woodman unmarked wide on the right. She gets the ball in space, before holding off the first defender, and beating the second to score!

Nathan-Wong can't add the conversions though.

3:02pm: NZ 5 France 0

France on attack now, but NZ win a penalty and look to run the ball out of their own half. Nathan-Wong is clobbered in the tackle as France look to use a rush defence.

Sarah Goss breaks through with the space open at the back! She's tackled, but finds Portia Woodman. France get back and defend well.

2:59pm: NZ 5 France 0

TRY!!! A brilliant run up the middle from Niall Williams puts Michaela Blyde through! The French don't get back to hold her after the tackle, and NZ open the scoring! Tyla Nathan-Wong can't get the conversion though.

2:57pm: KICKOFF - NZ 0 France 0

We're away! France get the final started and NZ look to run the ball straight away.

2:53pm

We'll have the national anthems before kick-off. God Defend New Zealand is up first, followed by La Marseillaise.

2:50pm

Australia claim the bronze, they beat the USA 24-14. Next up, the women's final, where the Black Ferns look to become the first team in history to seal back-to-back World Cups.

2:31pm

The bronze medal match is about to kick off. Hosts USA face the Australians.

2:29pm

Spain and Ireland are locked at 7-7 for the entire second half. Spain have a scrum on the five-metre line as the last play. They go wide and they've scored in the corner! Spain will finish fifth.

Final score 12-7 to Spain.

2:09pm

Ireland and Spain play off for fifth and sixth respectively.

2:07pm

Canada take seventh place, despite a final play consolation try to Russia. Final score 22-10 to Canada.

1:46pm

Russia and Canada will now face off for seventh and eighth place in the women's Championship.

1:45pm

England take the Challenge final with a convincing 31-5 win over Japan.

1:25pm

Now time for the Challenge final in the women's draw. England face Japan.

1:23pm

Fiji blow China off the park in the women's 11th/12th play-off, coming away winners 38-0.

1:00pm

Playing for 11th and 12th, are Fiji and China.

12:58pm

Brazil take the win, and 13th place. They come away with a dominant 22-0 victory over South Africa.

12:36pm

South Africa and Brazil play now in the match for 13th/14th.

12:34pm

PNG have steamrolled Mexico, winning 32-0.

12:12pm

Back to the women's draw now, and Mexico face Papua New Guinea.

12:08pm

England have broken the USA's hearts, coming up with a brilliant crossfield kick to see them runaway and score. They advance as 24-19 winners.

12:04pm

The USA have come back from 19-7 down, levelling scores at 19-all in the final minute. England looking for the winner here. No one can get the winner though - this quarter-final is going to extra time!

11:44am

The USA and England will now face off in the last of the quarter-finals, the winner will face South Africa.


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Watch: Canterbury forwards claim match-winner after scrum obliterates Counties pack for penalty try

Canterbury earned a tough win over Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup last night but they were made to work for it.

The Cantabrians claimed a 19-14 win in Pukekohe thanks to a penalty try in the second half, made possible by their forward pack who decimated their opposites in the scrum near the Steelers' line.

It was the sixth loss by seven points or less for Counties Manukau this season.

However, the defending champs will be kicking themselves after they failed to secure a bonus point, meaning they still sit behind second-placed Auckland in the standings despite the latter having a game in hand.

It means Canterbury will be on the road for playoffs with a trip to Nelson or Eden Park most likely.


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Watch the jubilant moment Otago lift the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato

Otago came out of the blocks in lightning fashion to take a 17-0 lead in Hamilton this afternoon, then hung on in the dying minutes, to take the Log O' Wood south to Dunedin.

Trailing 23-19 late in the second half, Waikato made repeated forays to cross for the match-winning try and a staunch Otago defence held strong for a victory that also lifted them into second place in the Mitre Ten Championship, behind Waikato.

Otago last won the Shield in 2013, also here in Hamilton, before suffering Shield defeats in 2014 and 2017.

Waikato had a gilt-edged chance to steal the clash in the dying minutes but, after winning a penalty close to the Otago line, it was reversed when forward Jono Armstrong was ruled to have kicked a player on the ground.


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'I can easily hand over the tee' - Beauden Barrett happy to relinquish goal kicking duties

All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett says he's happy to relinquish goal kicking duties to Richie Mo'unga, after his woes with the boot earlier this season.

After a barren display with the boot against South Africa in Wellington last month, Barrett's kicking had come under heavy fire, before putting in two perfect displays against Argentina and South Africa respectively.

Barrett unselfishly let young Mo'unga take the game winning kick against South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS

However, late in the second half of last week's win over South Africa in Pretoria, Barrett allowed Mo'unga to take up the kicking responsibilities, going on to ace the match winning shot at goal under pressure.

Speaking to Radio Sport, Barrett said that he's happy to allow another kicker to step up, if and when the situation arises.

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's something that I learnt in the Wellington test, and something I hadn't done before," Barrett said.

"On occasions where I perhaps may not be feeling good about my kicking I can easily hand over the tee.

The All Blacks' first-five has come under criticism for his performance against the Lions. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's important that everyone's prepared. By all means the number 10 doesn't have to do the job. It could be a front rower. It's something we're pretty fixated with in New Zealand rugby, it doesn't have to be whoever's at flyhalf doing that job.

"So what I'm saying is that it could vary."

The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS


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