Calculate your sevens interest. Has it dipped, surged or stayed the same as the NZ side battled through the World Series?

Have you put that order for the replica sevens jersey on hold or have you kept faith with the All Black sevens as New Zealand Rugby and their sponsors have called the side.

You must be feeling a little uncomfortable that a team which has struggled and suffered several significant losses on the sevens circuit, is associated with the All Blacks.

The separation between test rugby and sevens differentiation is blurred because of NZR endorsement. So when the sevens stumble, the inevitable All Black headlines follow and the word association increases.


Will all the crossover players Akira and Reiko Ioane, Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam and Augustine Pulu make the difference or make the team?

Good luck to those NZ players who make it to Rio. It's not your fault the IOC decided more inappropriate sports should be added to the programme.

Golf and sevens have joined the unnecessary list alongside others like football and tennis as the revenue grab goes to another level. Unless I'm rostered on to work, these eyeballs are unlikely to be watching the sevens. I'll watch highlights on the news or if some games coincide with work demands.

However as a general rule, half a game and half the players dilutes my interest.