he New Zealand team huddle during half-time against England in their Cup semi-final on day three of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019 men's competition on 7 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

New Zealand name squad for LA and Vancouver 7s


Co-Captain Tim Mikkelson will run out for his 90th tournament at the Los Angeles Sevens, surpassing DJ Forbes as the most capped New Zealand Sevens player.

Laidlaw said Mikkelson’s milestone is thoroughly deserved.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Tim. He’s the ultimate team man, his resilience and competitiveness is huge and to reach 90 tournaments with the amount of training, travel and rugby that is involved is remarkable.

“Tim is a great role model to the younger players in our group, and the last two tournaments are two of the best he’s played in recent times so there’s plenty more to come from him.”

Joe Ravouvou and Amanki Nicole have been named for their first tournaments this season, with Laidlaw confirming a desire to see all players gain meaningful game time in the build up to the Olympics.

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“Joe came back from 15s injured but he’s been training well and his conditioning is probably the best we have seen, he is enthusiastic about getting back out there.”

Andrew Knewstubb, Akuila Rokolisoa and William Warbrick return after last featuring in the Cape Town victory in December.

“We’ve have only lost two games so far this season but coming off Sydney we know we need to continue to improve. The competition in the squad is really pushing players every day and this group has been training well in the build up to next week,” said Laidlaw.

The team depart for USA on Monday.

The All Blacks 7s 
Caleb Clarke
Sam Dickson
Andrew Knewstubb
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black
Tim Mikkelson
Sione Molia
Etene Nanai-Seturo
Tone Ng Shiu
Amanaki Nicole
Joe Ravouvou
Akuila Rokoisoa
William Warbrick
Joe Webber

Story Courtesy/All Blacks

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