All Blacks Sevens ready for prestigious Hong Kong Sevens

Sean Willis     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.”

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