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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Black Ferns star Portia Woodman has taken a crack at New Zealand Rugby for dismissing the idea of hosting a women's tournament concurrently with the men's at the Hamilton Sevens.

Woodman was spurred to comment publicly on the matter at the Sydney Sevens where for the first time men's and women's sevens world series tournaments were being held concurrently at the same venue over three days.

"Other countries can either step up and try and mingle it a bit more, and it's the standard here Sydney has set," she told the Daily Telegraph when discussing equality between men's and women's rugby.

The 2017 World Rugby player of the year criticised NZ Rugby, her employers, for finding excuses for not hosting a women's tournament when New Zealand's leg of the sevens world series takes place at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on February 3-4.

"If we keep showing we are as good as we say we are, and we keep performing as well as we do, they can't not let us play at home," Woodman said.

"(The NZRU) have said (it's a lack of) money at the moment, but they can seem to find money for certain things.

"We'll just keep fighting and doing our thing. It's exciting that they're mixing the boys and girls together, there's no back field, we're all playing on that number one field."

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