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Trial squad for Rugby World Cup Sevens named

allblacks.com     28 May 2013    

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The squad, which will assemble in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday 4 June for a three day trial, is:

• Pita Ahki (North Harbour)
• Toby Arnold (Bay of Plenty)
• Kurt Baker (Taranaki)
• Tomasi Cama (Manawatu)
• Scott Curry (Manawatu)
• Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
• DJ  Forbes (Counties Manukau)
• Bryce  Heem (Tasman)
• Gillies  Kaka (Hawke's Bay)
• Rocky Khan (Auckland)
• Fritz Lee (Counties Manukau)
• Tim  Mikkelson (Waikato)
• Waisake  Naholo (Taranaki)
• Patrick Osborne (Canterbury)
• Lote  Raikabula (Wellington)
• David  Raikuna (North Harbour)
• Trinity Spooner-Neera (Hawke's Bay)
• Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
• Belgium Tuatagaloa (Canterbury)

The squad includes 14 players who took part in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series. Ben Lam was not considered because of injury.

“We've called on a core group of players who excelled during the recent series as well as others who have played in previous seasons," said Gordon Tietjens. 

“We have also been able to include three players from Investec Super Rugby teams and one from a wider training group. Three of these men have played well for the All Blacks Sevens before.”

“Competition for the final 12 places will be tough and it won’t be an easy decision. The World Cup only comes around once every four years so it’s one tournament every sevens player really wants to play in. We haven’t won since 2001 so we certainly have our sights on doing well in Moscow.

“It’s also a really important step in our journey to Rio in 2016 so we will be working hard to make sure our preparation is right and that our players have the physical and mental toughness to do well in a pinnacle event.” RWC7s team naming 7 June

The All Blacks Sevens team for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, along with the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team, will be named at a media event at Eden Park, Auckland at 12.30pm, Friday 7 June.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 takes place in Moscow 28-30 June. For the full match schedule click here.

Be sure to follow the All Blacks Sevens and New Zealand Women’s Sevens on twitter @nz7s