Blessing to help continue All Black Sevens' success

While the ticket sales are down, it hasn't dampened the spirit and festive environment that is synonymous with the Wellington Sevens.  Today saw the start of the fun with the street parade, a unique and colourful event that teams and fans look forward to.

The party has started in Wellington.

The Wellington Sevens street parade sets the scene for the rest of the weekend with all sixteen teams on floats and making their way up Lambton Quay enjoying the festive environment.

It's also the first opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of the Sevens stars.

The South African team is leading the World Series at the moment, eight points ahead of Fiji in second and they're hoping to hold on to that spot come Sunday.

Another long held tradition for the All Black Sevens team on the eve of the tournament, is getting their jerseys blessed at Pipitea Marae.  A special occasion for the debutantes and the more experienced players.

Sevens player Dylan Collier says, “It's a privilege, it's an honour.  It's the first time I've seen the jersey with my name on it.”

Since the first jersey ceremony back in 2003, the All Black Sevens team has won seven titles in Wellington, including last year.

While the jersey ceremony has proven to be a key element in the team’s success in Wellington, it's now up to the men in black to make it happen on the field.