In little over two weeks, New Zealand men's sevens coach Clark Laidlaw will know which All Blacks will be chasing Olympic gold next year.

The catch this time is that an agreement has been reached restricting Laidlaw to one player from each of the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams – ruling out the prospect of Rieko and Akira Ioane and Sonny Bill Williams featuring again as they did at Rio in 2016.

Before leaving for the final two tournaments of the World Series season in London and Paris, where the men's side must secure a top-four finish to qualify