All Blacks Sevens ready for prestigious Hong Kong Sevens
allblacks.com 05 Apr 2019 Sean Willis
The All Blacks Sevens team is;
1. Scott Curry (c)
2. Tim Mikkelson (c)
3. Tone Ng Shiu
4. Joe Ravouvou
5. Dylan Collier
6. Jona Nareki
7. Sam Dickson
8. Andrew Knewstubb
9. Regan Ware
10. Kurt Baker
11. Joe Webber
12. Sione Molia
*Akuila Rokolisoa is the travelling reserve.
All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw said despite missing the regular faces of Vilimoni Koroi and Scott Gregory through injury, the team assembled for Hong Kong is experienced.
“We have been trying to build depth over the past year and that has been tested this season. We've got players like Vili and Scott at home and can still produce a squad with this much experience - that's pleasing.”
Scott Curry and Dylan Collier have returned from short term injuries to bolster the forwards, while Joe Webber is set to run out in the black jersey for the first time in more than a year.
“Joe will bring a lot. He has inspired this group with the way he has trained over the last two or three months to get himself in contention for selection. Ultimately he just needs to get out there and play his own game.”
With valuable World Series points on offer, and a difficult pool assignment alongside Australia, Kenya and Fiji, Laidlaw said there was a lot on the line this weekend.
“We can’t look too far ahead; we start on Friday night against Australia and all our focus is on that. The aim is top four, the ultimate goal is to play well here and pick up valuable points.”
#AllBlacks7s jumping into Hong Kong preparation like... ??#HK7s pic.twitter.com/VQz6aaHcmo— All Blacks Sevens (@AllBlacks7s) April 3, 2019
Schedule (dates and times in NZT)
Day One – Saturday 6 April
12.15am v Australia
Day Two– Sunday 7 April
5.51pm v Kenya
9.55pm v Fiji
Day Three – Monday 8 April
Watch the HSBC Sydney Sevens on Sky Sport pop up channel 2
Destinations on the @WorldRugby7s Series don't get much bigger than this ????
12.15am NZT v Australia
5.51pm NZT v Kenya
9.55pm NZT v Fiji#HK7s pic.twitter.com/9XDazSorcJ— All Blacks Sevens (@AllBlacks7s) April 3, 2019