Rugby: Sevens coach Allan Bunting to consider releasing Black Ferns stars for Chicago test

Black Ferns Sevens coach Allan Bunting will consider releasing some of his players so they can represent the fifteen-a-side team in Chicago later this year.

The Black Ferns will make their debut on American soil when they play the opening match of a triple-header against the United States at Soldier Field on November 3.  The bill also includes a Six Nations showdown between Ireland and Italy and the Maori All Blacks vs the USA.

However, the fixture will clash with preparations for the start of the 2018/2019 Sevens World Series.

The likes of players Sarah Goss, Portia Woodman and Kelly Brazier are key players for both sides; but it is likely that the successful sevens programme will take priority over fifteens.

Speaking to Newshub at Auckland Airport, Sevens coach Allan Bunting thinks there is plenty of talent to spread around both teams.

Allan Bunting.
Allan Bunting. Photo credit: Getty Images

"We don't know what is happening about that yet, we just found out about it," he told Newshub.

"If there are players who are back home and aren't on the trip who need experience, I think that will be great, and there is also an opportunity to grow the wider base of fifteens players too so I think that opportunity is great for women's rugby.

"We will sit down with the fifteens coaches, and we will see how that looks. It's a great opportunity for wahine to play rugby which is awesome."

The Commonwealth Games champions landed back in New Zealand on Thursday morning buoyed by their 46-0 hammering of Australia in the final of the tournament in Langford, Canada.

They now sit four points behind the Aussies in the standings heading to the year's final event at Paris, June 8-10.

Bunting wants his players to spend time with their families over the next week before training begins for the Paris tournament.

"We have been away for a while so connecting with family is really important to rejuvenate and re-energise and then train harder, than we did a few days ago and work on the areas we need too. 

"We know it's not going to be easy, and all we can do is focus on us and what we control and focus game by game.

"We play to win."