All Blacks and Black Ferns prepared for Rugby World Cup Sevens defence

The New Zealand women's rugby team do the Haka after winning the Championships Final against France at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

The New Zealand women's rugby team do the Haka after winning the Championships Final against France at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

While the United States didn't make the championship game, they impressed by being the only team to score against the Black Ferns at the Rugby World Cup Sevens event.

Spain shocked Australia in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens quarterfinals in Moscow, where the Aussies were the defending champions, but there was to be no repeat of that upset with Evania Pelite scoring a hat-trick in a comfortable 34-0 victory.

In the end, New Zealand prevented the French attack from earning a try or racking up any points on the board.

Blyde's treble took her tally to the tournament to nine tries, crowning a superb weekend for the 22-year-old, the reigning women's world sevens player of the year.

"We can take a lot of confidence from our performance in Paris and we've had a boost with a couple of players returning from injury so we're really happy with where the squad is at the moment".

But, more significantly, Goss, Woodman and Brazier, along with Stacey Waaka and Theresa Fitzpatrick, were crowned world champions in the 15-a-side game with the Black Ferns less than 12 months ago.




Gareth Williams side will be only able to finish a highest position of 11th when they play Canada in their last game.

"I'm looking forward to spending time with my fiancé and my dog and hopefully get down to Palmy to see my family as well because that's going to be extremely important heading into next season". "We managed to find a way to win", said New Zealand coach Clark Laidlaw.

Soyizwapi was in rampant mood as South Africa thrashed Ireland 45-7 in their World Cup opener in San Francisco on Saturday to set up a last eight clash with the Scots. The Boks led 7-0 early through a seven pointer from Selvyn Davids, but that was as good as it got as England fought back to win 29-7, after leading 17-7 at halftime.

Werner Kok started the rout after crashing through two Scottish tackles to open the scoring early in the first half.

South Africa added further scores from Justin Geduld (2), Siviwe Soyizwapi and Ruhan Nel to seal an emphatic win.

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