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NZ Women's Sevens team named for WSWS opener in Dubai

allblacks.com     21 Nov 2013    

A total 17 players assembled in Mt Maunganui for a training camp and Horan today named the 12 players selected to travel to Dubai on Saturday.

The Women’s Sevens squad for Dubai is:

Linda Itunu (Auckland)
Honey Hireme (Waikato)
Shakira Baker (Manawatu)
Alexis Tapsell (Canterbury)
Sarah Goss (Manawatu)
Carla Hohepa (Waikato)
Hayley Hutana (Manawatu)
Hazel Tubic (Counties Manukau)
Huriana Manuel (Auckland)
Selica Winiata (Manawatu)
Shiray Tane (Waikato)
Kayla McAlister (Auckland)

The side includes players returning from injury - seasoned Black Fern and record points scorer Carla Hohepa (Achilles) and Shakira Baker (post-surgery) - both back for their first tournaments since February.

Horan said the players had retained good fitness and they were well-prepared for a return to Dubai.

“We’ve had a good re-start after a pretty whirlwind year. This week has been about re-setting ourselves, and looking ahead to our game plan for the year.

“Our goals for Dubai are to really improve on where we have been. We’re expecting other countries to have done a lot of work since the World Cup in Moscow and it’s important we maintain pace,” he said.

Players unavailable for selection due to injury are: Portia Woodman, Ruby Tui, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kelly Brazier and Vaine Greig.

The team remains in Mt Maunganui from now until their departure to Dubai, Saturday 23 November. Their public and media schedule is as below. Please note this is for planning purposes, and times and venues are subject to change.

All matches from the women's tournament will be streamed lived on wsws.irb.com.