Hamilton is buzzing with people. Hundreds gathered to kick-off
the week leading up to the HSBC Sevens
tournament this weekend. The All Black Sevens
and Black Ferns Sevens hosted a free BBQ
to meet and greet fans. Our reporter Te Okiwa McLean
was there, who spoke to a local player
about playing on his home soil. Te Okiwa. I’m here in the heart
of Hamilton City, where the All Black Sevens
and Black Ferns have kicked-off their community events this morning. Many fans turned up today
to meet their rugby heroes. I spoke with a local player who is proud to be back
in the black jersey in the mighty Waikato. Signing autographs
and feeding the community. And for this uri of Waikato-Tainui
it’s a trip down memory lane. Regan Ware is fortunate to make
the All Black Sevens squad for this weekend’s HSBC tournament. Today’s been about the community
and engaging with fans ahead of the big weekend. In the past two Hamilton tournaments the All Black Sevens have
been kicked out in the semi-finals, but this time if they stick
to the game plan they had in Cape Town
they could pick up the win. Now, the aim is to keep focused
on this weekend’s huge tournament, in the hope the home teams
will get the win here at home. Te Okiwa, what should we expect
from you tomorrow? Tomorrow, I will be following
the Black Ferns Sevens and catch-up with our Maori women
before their clashes this weekend. I’ll be bringing you a report
about those interviews as they get in some
final preparation training ahead of the weekend, Scotty. That sounds fantastic, Te Okiwa.