All Blacks Sevens announce squad for Glasgow and London as they look to seal world title

All Blacks Sevens announce squad for Glasgow and London as they look to seal world title

The All Blacks Sevens team to take part in the upcoming Glasgow and London legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series has been named following a training camp in Mt Maunganui. A foot injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament has forced captain DJ Forbes to withdraw. Tim Mikkelson will take over as captain. In addition to DJ Forbes, Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury. Coach Gordon Tietjens said the injuries had made selection particularly challenging, but he was happy with the mix of young and experienced players in the team.

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The All Blacks Sevens team to take part in the upcoming Glasgow and London legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series has been named following a training camp in Mt Maunganui.

A foot injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament has forced captain DJ Forbes to withdraw. Tim Mikkelson will take over as captain.

In addition to DJ Forbes, Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury.

Coach Gordon Tietjens said the injuries had made selection particularly challenging, but he was happy with the mix of young and experienced players in the team.

Returning from injury are IRB Sevens Player of the Year Tomasi Cama who missed Hong Kong and Tokyo, Kurt Baker who has not played since Wellington and Scott Curry who makes his first squad of the season.

20 year old back Pita Ahki is the only new cap. He is a member of the Blues Wider Training Group and played for New Zealand Under 20 at the Junior World Championship in South Africa last year.

“We have played consistently well all season despite a number of injury setbacks so it shows the depth we now have in the wider squad,” said Tietjens.

“It’s really great to have Junior back fighting fit and Scott Curry’s return also strengthens the experience in the team.

“Pita Ahki is an exciting young prospect and he impressed in training this week so deserves the opportunity.

“We are determined to end the season on a high note so we are looking for top performances in Glasgow and London which will hopefully seal the series for us.

“While it’s disappointing not to have DJ on the team, we’re hoping this gives him plenty of time to come right for Moscow for the Rugby World Cup in late June. That’s a key event for us in terms of our build-up for Rio in 2016.

“Tim did a great job stepping up to the captain’s role in Tokyo and certainly deserves the honour of leading the team again.”

All Blacks Sevens Squad for Glasgow and London

Pita Ahki*
Kurt Baker
Tomasi Cama
Scott Curry
Gillies Kaka
Rocky Khan
Ben Lam
Tim Mikkelson (capt)
Lote Raikabula
Sherwin Stowers
Trinity Spooner-Neera
Belgium Tuatagaloa

Marriott London Sevens and UR7s invite you on Safari

The England Rugby Sevens team is calling fans to join them on Safari and roar them on at this year’s Marriott London Sevens on the 11th-12th May at Twickenham.

With the HSBC Sevens World Series coming to a close, London promises to be full of drama, action and excitement as the series builds to a spectacular finale.

After the hugely successful London 2012 games, Rugby Sevens is now part of the Olympic family and the road to Rio has already started.

Last year’s 70s Disco themed London Marriott Sevens was a glorious weekend of non-stop rugby action, disco moves, wig waving and flying flares. With a record breaking crowd of 103,000 passing through the turnstiles, surpassing the records set at the 2011 event, 2013 promises to be bigger, better and louder!

London 7s and UR7s have teamed up for our readers to enjoy an exclusive discount for the final day of the HSBC World Sevens Series, the Sunday of London 7s! UR7s readers get a 20% discount of the £25 Sunday ticket by buying tickets by click here

We will also be hosting a 7s 'let's have a pint for London' in one of the bars at Twickenham on the Sunday, so follow us on twitter @ur7s and facebook for details on having a pint with other 7s/UR7s fans!