The Black Ferns Sevens are chomping at the bit to start the year off right at their first tournament in Sydney this weekend.

It'll also be their last before the Commonwealth Games and according to Portia Woodman, they are all excited.

“Commonwealth Games is an exciting time. I’ve got a lot of people coming over, including half of Ngāpuhi coming to the Gold Coast for us.”

The squad travelled to Sydney early to get accustomed to the heat and Coach Allan Bunting says to fix some of the issues that plagued the team last year.

“We have a couple of  key learning goals, especially under pressure and more about our mindsets – we’ve worked really hard on that and we can see some developments in that space.”

Woodman agrees.

“We really broke it down of what we needed to do, learn and we really honed into it.”

Although they are looking to the future and to the Commonwealth Games, Bunting says this tournament is the immediate focus, with the aim to defeat the tournament favourites, Australia.

“It’s always good playing Oz. They are a quality team and you have to do really well to beat them. And to beat them in Aussie would be a special thing.”

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