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All Blacks Sevens training squad for Gold Coast Sevens

allblacks.com     11 Sep 2013    

. The first tournament of the 2013/2014 HSBC Sevens World Series takes place at Skilled Park, Gold Coast, 12,13 October. The final team of 12 will be named after a training camp in Mount Maunganui in early October.

The squad is:

Tomasi Cama (Manawatu)
Scott Curry *
Ambrose Curtis (Wellington)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
DJ Forbes (Counties Manukau)
Sam Gavigan (Bay of Plenty)
Kali Hala (Auckland)
Mark Jackman (Canterbury)
Gillies Kaka (Hawke's Bay)
Rocky Khan (Auckland)
Luke Masiwera (Waikato)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Kara Pryor (Auckland)
Lote Raikabula (Wellington)
Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
Rob Thompson (Canterbury)
Belgium Tuatagaloa (Canterbury)
Joe Webber (Waikato)
Gareth Williams-Spiers (Southland)


*No Provincial Union affiliation currently

The squad includes a core of 13 players who were part of the successful All Blacks Sevens team that won the2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Seriesand Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow.

A number of players were unavailable after choosing to focus on fifteens. This includes Kurt Baker who has signed with the Highlanders. Ben Lam was also unavailable as he continues to recover from injury.

Sir Gordon said the squad was a pleasing mix of experience and exciting new talent.

“The start of any season is a time when we rebuild, but I am really happy to have a core group of players who have served the team well over the last season so we start from a great base.

“I have also brought into the squad a number of young players who have caught my eye and this will be a good opportunity for them to get a feel for our training environment and work hard for possible selection.

“We are really excited about the season ahead, building up to the Commonwealth Games next July so it will be great to get back on the pitch again and get our preparations firmly underway.”

The squad assembles in Mount Maunganui on Monday 30 September.