Singapore Sevens Preview

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It is a re-jigged side for Singapore with Dylan Collier (knee), Tim Mikkelson (shoulder) and Isaac Te Tamaki all not considered due to injury while regular Captain Scott Curry is unavailable due to a personal commitment. Into the side come Joe Webber, Lewis Ormond and Teddy Stanaway for the first time in 2017. Youngster Tone Ng Shui also returns after being rested from the Hong Kong tournament.


The All Blacks Sevens have been on the lookout for an electric speedster for a while and may have found it in Joe Ravouvou. On debut in Hong Kong, Ravouvou impressed in crossing for six tries – second only behind USA speed merchant Perry Baker for the tournament. Ravouvou displayed genuine gas and power out wide and will be looking to show his Hong Kong performance was not a one-off.

The All Blacks Sevens will have to be on their game for all three of their Pool D clashes. Drawn in a competitive pool with USA, Scotland and Wales, any two of the four teams are capable of going through to the quarterfinals. USA were particularly impressive in Hong Kong in making the semifinals and will provide a huge challenge to Scott Waldrom’s side late on day one.

All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom said: “Our focus for Singapore is bringing a new level of consistency. We came close against series leaders Fiji and South Africa in Hong Kong and we beat England. , There were some encouraging moments in Hong Kong that we want to repeat this weekend but we know we must beat all these teams to take out a tournament.”

Last year Kenya stunned the competition to win the Singapore Sevens crown – their first ever title win. Although they have struggled to replicate that form on the 2016/17 circuit, Kenya will be inspired by their historic achievements last year. Kenya’s all-time leading try-scorer Collins Injera said: “To win on the world series, you have to beat six quality teams to take home the trophy so a lot of things have to go your way. For us, we just had that extra bit of motivation, we played as a team and would do anything for each other."

Schedule for All Blacks Sevens pool play:

Day 1: Saturday 15 April 2017
5.14pm Sat 15th NZT v Scotland
8.12pm Sat 15th NZT v Wales
12.50am Sun 16th NZT v USA

Day 2: Sunday 16 April 2017
Finals Day

Watch the Singapore Sevens on SKY Sport (NZT)
Day 1: Saturday 15 April from 2.50pm on SKY Sport Pop-up 1 (CH55)
Day 2: Sunday 16 April from 2:50 on SKY Sport Pop- up 1 (CH55)

DJ Forbes (C), Sam Dickson, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Joe Ravouvou, Beaudein Waaka, Regan Ware, Joe Webber
Thirteenth player: Lewis Ormond
Traveling Reserve: Teddy Stanaway