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All Blacks Sevens team named for Dubai7s and PE7s legs

allblacks.com     21 Nov 2013    

The team departs for Dubai on Sunday 24 November.

The team is:

Tomasi Cama (Manawatu)
Scott Curry (TBA)
Ambrose Curtis (Wellington)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
DJ Forbes (capt) (Counties Manukau)
Bryce Heem (Tasman)
Gillies Kaka (Hawke's Bay)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
David Raikuna (North Harbour)
Lote Raikabula (Wellington)
Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
Joe Webber (Waikato)

Gordon Tietjens said he was pleased to have such an experienced squad for the next two tournaments.

“It’s important that you have those experienced players around you, but it’s really the form players that have performed right throughout the week, they have trained very well, are very very fit.”

The team includes nine players from the side that won the first tournament of the series in October in Gold Coast. Gillies Kaka, one of the form players of the 2012/13 season returns after injury for his first tournament of the new season and World Cup team member Bryce Heem is also back in the side after a strong ITM Cup season with Tasman.

“With Gillies Kaka, a very good player, one of the best in the world, the player of the World Cup so it’s great to have him back from injury. Bryce Heem has come out of a pretty good year with Tasman and again someone who is very big, fast, fit and knows the game and he is going to add a lot of strength to our side.”

The All Blacks Sevens won in Port Elizabeth last year, but have not won in Dubai since 2009, having been runner up last year.

“Dubai support us in a lot of ways with the expats that are there. There are heaps of Kiwis and it’s a great tournament to win. It’s a very tough pool with Kenya, the French and Portugal, and you have to beat every team to win it, so it’s going to be tough, but I am sure if our guys play to their potential and play with the real hunger we have displayed this week, they can go well.”

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