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Injured Black Ferns Sevens star Shiray Kaka reveals ‘Olympic dream is over’

Black Ferns Sevens ace Shiray Kaka has confirmed in an emotional video that her Paris Olympics dream is over after suffering a devastating knee injury in Singapore last weekend.

Kaka, who helped New Zealand to a gold medal at the postponed Tokyo Games, was seen crying on the field after her teammates secured the Series League title with a win over Australia.

Earlier in the SVNS tournament at Singapore’s National Stadium, Kaka was stretchered off the field with what appeared to be a significant leg injury during the quarter-final win over Great Britain.

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Coach Cory Sweeney told it RugbyPass the next day the team was still awaiting scans to determine the severity of Kaka’s injury, while the team also lost Tyla King for the weekend.

While Kaka was all smiles every time the television camera turned to her and King on Sunday, the tears the SVNS veteran shed after New Zealand’s 31-21 cup final victory suggested the worst.

After returning to New Zealand, Kaka took to social media to share the devastating update that the upcoming Paris Games simply weren’t meant to be.

“I thought it was time to let you know that my Olympic dream is over,” Kaka further wrote Instagram. “Apparently three operations weren’t enough, God thought I needed one more.

“I really thought it was finally my time to show the world what I could do. After all the training, all the setbacks, all the missed family events… the Olympics would make it all worth it. But it just wasn’t meant to be.

“I still have so much to be grateful for… my family, my animals, my friends and my BUTTER!

“Life goes on, rugby goes on – and so do I! So please continue to support me, I need it in the healing phase of the injury! Who knows, maybe it’s time for @gillies.kaka and I to start our YouTube channel!

“But anyway, thank you all for believing in me, it means the world to me!!!!”

At the time of writing this article, there has been no update from New Zealand Sevens on the injury status of reigning World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Tyla King ahead of SVNS Madrid.

Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano, home of Spanish football giants Atletico Madrid, will host the first SVNS Series Grand Final from May 31 to June 2.

King was ruled out of the final day at SVNS Singapore due to swelling around her ankle, but it is unclear whether that injury will rule the double international from the grand final.

But New Zealand showed depth and resilience in Singapore as they rallied to win the cup final and secure the league title without two of their more established players.

“We have two special people that our ladies witnessed yesterday and that is always difficult to watch. There is always an immediate emotional connection with that,” said coach Corey Sweney RugbyPass in Singapore.

“The girls showed up today and showed up for the two that got hurt and took advantage of their opportunity as well.

“That’s what we really ask of this team and they did a good job.”