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All Blacks Sevens squad for Cape Town tournament named

All Blacks Sevens squad for Cape Town tournament named

The All Blacks Sevens squad for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series Tournament in Cape Town, 10-11 December 2016, has been named with Bay of Plenty’s Dan Hollinshead joining the squad replacing the injured Beaudein Waaka.

The team is:
Scott Curry (Captain)
Tim Mikkelson
Antonio Kiri Kiri
DJ Forbes
Dylan Collier
Iopu Iopu-Aso
Rocky Khan
Sherwin Stowers
Jonathan Ruru
Isaac Te Tamaki
Sione Molia
Junior Ngaluafe

Travelling Reserves
Billy Ropha
Dan Hollinshead

Bay of Plenty First-Five-Eight Dan Hollinshead has been called up to the All Blacks Sevens squad for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series Tournament in Cape Town after Beaudein Waaka sustained an ankle injury in the Dubai Tournament last weekend.

Co-coach Scott Waldrom said the Cape Town Tournament offered the opportunity to further develop the team’s game-plan and give players important game time.

“We are continuing to develop the players and new structures this season that will service us better in the future. This week we have focused on improving our accuracy and understanding of these new structures heading into the Cape Town Tournament.

“In Dubai we started to see some improvements, but we lacked consistency and high level game time experience. This weekend we should see an improved performance and I believe this team is good enough to win if we get it right”

All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry said he wants to see more focus and dedication from the team.

“We want to step up our game this weekend. We learnt a lot from Dubai and we have been working hard this week to turn those learnings into an improved performance.

“The newer players got the chance to have big match experience last weekend. The combination of that experience and more time together to bed in our game-plan should see us do a lot better this week.”

Cape Town Sevens schedule

Saturday 10 December
10:59am (9:59pm Saturday 10 December NZT) v Argentina
2:20pm (1:20am Sunday 11 December NZT) v Canada
6:03pm (5:03am Sunday 11 December NZT) v England

Sunday 11 December – Finals Day

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments

Watch Cape Town Sevens on SKY Sport
Men’s Day 1, Saturday 10th of December from 9.05 pm on SKY Sport Pop-Up 4 (CH058)
Men’s Day 2, Sunday 11th of December from 9.25 pm on SKY Sport Pop-Up 4 (CH058)

HSBC 2016-2017 World Rugby Sevens Series
Dubai: 2-3 December, 2016
Cape Town: 10-11 December, 2016
Wellington: 28-29 January, 2017
Sydney: 4-5 February, 2017
Las Vegas: 3-5 March, 2017
Vancouver: 11-12 March, 2017
Hong Kong: 7-9 April, 2017
Singapore: 15-16 April, 2017
Paris: 13-14 May, 2017
London: 20-21 May, 2017


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