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Holders New Zealand name 7s World Cup squad

All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw has officially released his 12 man that will participate in the coming Rugby World Cup that will be held at AT&T Park stadium in Francisco from Jully 20-22.
Tim Mikkelson will captain the side that has the likes of Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Jona Nareki and Regan Ware.
Being the defending champions the team eyes to win the title and become the first team to win a back to back title according to their coach.
Laidlaw said the unique nature of the knockout competition contributed to it being a difficult squad to select.
“Getting the balance of the squad right was the main thing. It’s a different tournament in that its four games instead of six and we can only take 12 players, so we were looking to have flexibility in the 12 in terms of the positions they cover. No team has ever won back to back World Cup titles since it’s started so we have certainly talked about that and about being the first team to change that. We know there are massive challenges to come, all the teams will be really well prepared.” he told the teams official portal.
All Blacks Sevens squad: Kurt Baker (Manawatu), Dylan Collier (Waikato), Scott Curry -(Bay of Plenty, cc), Trael Joass (Tasman), Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti), Jona Nareki (Otago), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato, cc), Sione Molia (Counties Manukau), Salesi Rayasi (Auckland), Joe Ravouvou (Auckland), Akuila Rokolisoa (Auckland), Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty)

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