Tokyo Olympics 2021: Games cancellation would hold silver lining for Black Ferns Sevens

New Zealand's world sevens champions are back in full training mode at Mt Maunganui for a campaign like no other.

"You can't plan for a perfect game of footy and you can't plan for a perfect season this year," Black Ferns veteran Ruby Tui tells Newshub.

With the first four legs of their world series cancelled and the Tokyo Olympics seemingly set for the same fate, it's still business as usual.

"If we control what we can control and train our butts off as best as we can, we will be ready to go as soon as that whistle goes," says Tui.

The All Blacks Sevens have locked in fixtures with an NZ-based Tonga side next month, hoping fully fledged internationals will come to fruition in April.

"We've been in regular contact with Fiji, Australia, Tonga and Samoa, so hopefully that Oceania bubble could open up," says coach Clark Laidlaw.

That would provide perfect preparation for the touch-and-go Olympics

"I think the world can show events can happen, like the Australian Open, so I think the Olympic committee will find a way for it to go ahead," says Laidlaw.

But if the world series and Olympics are scrapped, some of the Black Ferns Sevens squad could yet swap to 15s, with the Women's Rugby World Cup coming to our shores later this year.

"If our programme does get shut down, we will be looking at transitioning these players as soon as management wants them," says women's coach Corey Sweeney.

That sentiment is shared by the players.

"Any women's rugby in this country is a beautiful gift and I would jump to play anything, absolutely ever," says Tui.

But for now, the focus is still firmly fixed on a golden run in Japan - COVID permitting.