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'Hopefully we can get more respect' - Black Ferns star slams lack of TV coverage

Black Ferns Sevens star Michaela Blyde has slammed broadcasters, with the current leg of the World Sevens Series in Dubai not being screened on New Zealand television.

After the Black Ferns Sevens went unbeaten on day one in Dubai, World Women's Sevens player of the year Blyde noted that it will be near impossible for the side to inspire the next generation of Kiwi stars, given the fact that there is next to no coverage of women's rugby.

"We definitely do encourage a lot of people to support us, obviously it's so much more difficult when we never play back at home in New Zealand, and not very often we are actually on TV, unlike the men who are always on TV, which is totally unfair," Blyde told NZME.

"We really try and push our family and friends to make an effort to watch us. We like performing for our families and we enjoy performing for our country so we really want to get all the support that we can and hopefully more people can watch us live.

"I guess the more we perform the more we show that we are the best in the world and the more that we want to express our feelings on social media to get people to understand that we really do want our family and friends to watch back home.

"Hopefully we can get more respect and get that TV coverage."

The women's Dubai Sevens tournament will not be broadcast at all, only streamed live on the World Rugby Sevens Facebook page, while the men's tournament will be screened on Sky Sports in New Zealand.

New Zealand's Michaela Blyde runs in a try against Japan on day one of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sydney on 26th January, 2018. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby
New Zealand's Michaela Blyde runs in a try against Japan on day one of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sydney. Source: Photosport


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