Rugby: 'It's definitely been tough': Sevens stars switch gears for Black Ferns' northern tour

Black Ferns Sevens star Kelly Brazier admits making the transition back to the 15-man code will be a tall order, as she tries to switch her focus for next year's World Cup.

It's already been a busy year and there's no signs of slowing down, as Brazier and several Olympic Gold Medal winning teammates prepare for the Black Ferns' northern tour.

Portia Woodman and Stacey Fluhler join Brazier in backing up from NZ's gold medal-winning campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, with two tests apiece against England and France next month.

Even for a player as experienced as Brazier, the switch from sevens back to fifteens is a significant adjustment.

"It's definitely been tough," Brazier tells Newshub. "It's been two years since I've played fifteens, so coming in from the sevens programme, where you're taught completely different things, it's trying to change those habits and find your feet."

But the 31-year-old is on a mission, priming herself for a huge 12 months that also include the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

"I'll do what I can to keep myself ready, keep myself fit so that I'm in the best position possible to swing between both the fifteens and sevens."

Beyond the trio's on-field acumen, Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore is also eager to tap into their experience of touring in the COVID-19 climate.

"It's another level where they've come in from," says Moore. "They've already been through some of the stuff we're going to have to experience."

While next year will be a balancing act, Brazier's already eyeing up how to make the transition easier.

"I'm looking to get some more time under my belt and hopefully get picked up by a Super Rugby team," she says.

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