Tokyo Olympics: All Blacks, Black Ferns secure Olympic sevens build-up against Australia

  • 11/05/2021

The All Blacks and Black Ferns Sevens will contest a doubleheader series against Australia later this month, as part of their Tokyo Olympics build-up.

The national mens and womens sides will play two games each against the Aussies, sandwiched around the Blues' Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash with the Waratahs at Eden Park on May 22.

The sevens sides will kick off proceedings at 3pm, followed by the Blues against the Waratahs at 4:35pm, before the sevens teams round out the day with another pair of matches from 6:40pm.

Blues fans will get their only glimpse of superstar Caleb Clarke on Eden Park during the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman season, with the All Blacks wing opting to forego the 15-a-side format to chase Olympics glory. 

"We are only around 12 weeks out from the sevens competition at the Tokyo Olympics, and we are thrilled to be able to host two of the leading sevens nations, who will be in contention for medals, having their last public matches in New Zealand before their Tokyo campaign,” says Blues chief executive Andrew Hore.

“We are really excited at what is going to be an amazing few hours of outstanding rugby action for our fans."

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the annual IRB sevens world series suspended this year, leaving teams very limited competitive opportunities to prepare for Tokyo. 

The NZ sevens sides begin their pursuit for Olympics gold on July 26.