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Emerging Sevens team selected for Fiji Uprising 7s tournament

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allblacks.com     15 Jan 2013     Getty Images

The players were selected from teams which took part in the weekend's Pub Charity National Sevens held in Queenstown.

The squad includes four new members of the All Blacks Sevens who have recently been contracted for the first time, including Warwick Lahmert who will captain the side.

The team was selected by All Blacks Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens who will travel to Fiji as technical advisor. The team will be coached by New Zealand Women's Sevens Coach Sean Horan.

"This is an exciting mix of young talent who all played extremely well at the tournament over the weekend," said Tietjens.

"We are keen to use the Fiji opportunity to give some up and coming players a fresh challenge on the international stage which will be great for their development.

"And we have also selected some All Blacks Sevens players which will help their preparation for the next round of the IRB Sevens World Series in Wellington.

"The National Sevens was a terrific success and showed the depth of talent we are developing in this country and that bodes well for our long term strategy of winning gold in Rio."

The New Zealand Emerging Sevens team is:

Matt Faddes
Iopu Iopu
Gillies Kaka
Warwick Lahmert (Capt)
Luke Masirewa
David Raikuna
Trinity Spooner-Neera
Seta Tamanivula
Belgium Tuatagaloa
Beaudine Waaka
William Whetton
Gareth Williams-Spiers

The Uprising 7s Tournament will be held at Lautoka's Churchill Park from 18 to 19 January 2013 and will feature 16 local and overseas teams including Samoa, Tonga and an Australian development team.