Experienced All Blacks Sevens team named for Toulouse
All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw has named an experienced team to take the field at the HSBC World Series in Toulouse.
The All Blacks Sevens welcome back the accomplished duo of Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson who return from injury. All Blacks Sevens Captain Sam Dickson and the talented Roderick Solo also re-join the team, alongside Che Clark who has been named in the side for the first time since the HSBC Sydney Sevens.
All Blacks Sevens:
1. Scott Curry
2. Brady Rush
4. Akuila Rokolisoa
5. Dylan Collier (Vice-Captain)
7. Sam Dickson (Captain)
12. Leroy Carter
13. Moses Leo
21. Che Clark
24. Tepaea Cook-Savage
27. Sione Molia (Vice-Captain)
30. Tim Mikkelson
44. Roderick Solo
64. Regan Ware
Unavailable for selection: Amanaki Nicole, Andrew Knewstubb and Ngarohi McGarvey Black and Tone Ng Shiu (injury). Lewis Ormond and Joe Webber (personal).
Laidlaw said the team had been training exceptionally well, which challenged the coaching group with selection.
“We are fortunate we have a talented bunch of lads to choose from. Each member of our squad has been a part of this team’s success to date. With the return of our experienced players such as Scott and Tim from injury, the challenge was for our coaching group to select the best team that we could, they have all been training hard and extremely well, so that the team is in the best possible place to finish the season with the energy and intensity that will see us finish the way we want to.”
Tim Mikkelson is set to become the first Kiwi to represent New Zealand in 100 international tournaments
Mikkelson is set to play in his 100th international tournament for the All Blacks Sevens when he takes the field in Toulouse.
“Tim is an incredible player, a true inspiration for us all, with a great love for his team and the jersey. His dedication and resilience he has shown over his whole career but in particular this last year, shows how outstanding he is. We are looking forward to seeing him take the field and achieve this significant milestone,” said Laidlaw.
Dickson returns to captain the side with stand-in captains Dylan Collier and Sione Molia named as vice-captains.
“We are pleased to welcome back Sam to captain the team. Dylan and Sione have done a great job in Sam’s absence as a result they assume vice captaincy alongside him.”
HSBC Toulouse Sevens Draw (dates/times listed in NZDT)
Friday 12 May
11.29pm: All Blacks Sevens v Canada
Saturday 13 May
4.16am: All Blacks Sevens v Kenya
11.43pm: All Blacks Sevens v Uruguay
Sunday 14 May
All games with be covered live by Official Partner Sky Sport and streamed on Sky Sport Now and Sky Go.
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