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Black Ferns coach Brian Evans is unsure whether sevens and 15s can co-exist in women’s rugby.

The New Zealand Rugby Union is putting a major focus on the shortened form of the women’s game as they chase a gold medal in Rio.

Four members of the world cup winning sevens side have joined the Black Ferns for the three test series against England.

Evans says the players think there’s room for both.

“The ones we’ve got here are adamant that they want to play 15s as well just to improve their game, work on their game, in particular the contact areas and their reading of the game, but it’s hard to know going forward. It’s an Olympic sport now so I’m not sure how it’ll pan out.”

The Black Ferns’ first test against England is at Eden Park tonight.

Kick-off’s at 5.05pm, with the Blues and Chiefs then to follow in the final round of the Super Rugby season.

The Chiefs have already won the New Zealand conference but need to win to have a chance of securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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