Two new caps for All Blacks Sevens in Paris

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Head Coach Scott Waldrom said preparations for the Paris Tournament had gone well.

“The team has come together well over the last two weeks and we've had a solid build-up in Paris over recent days. With nine players unavailable due to injury we were presented with some selection challenges, but the team has come through and are looking forward to getting out on the field. 


“Your first international sevens tournament is always exciting, so this weekend is a big moment for Jamie and Fa’asiu. They've prepared well and I’m sure will take the opportunity to stake a place in the sevens programme going forward.

“Our pool is challenging. The USA is playing very well at the moment, having made the final in Singapore and three semi-finals in a row prior to that. We have had some tough encounters with Argentina already this series, and Wales is never to be underestimated.

“We are looking forward to upping our performance this tournament. We are placed fourth overall and our aim is to improve that ranking, and as always, win the tournament.

“We'll be taking it one game at a time. Our plan is to play great rugby consistently and minimise mistakes. When we play well we can beat the best teams in the series, so it is a matter of staying focused and eliminating errors.”

The team is (*new cap):
J Forbes (C) - Counties Manukau
Jamie Booth* - Manawatu
Sam Dickson - Canterbury
Fa’asiu Fuatai* - Otago
Trael Joass - Tasman
Rocky Khan - Auckland
Tim Mikkelson - Waikato
Sione Molia - Counties Manukau
Tone Ng Shiu - Tasman
Lewis Ormond - Taranaki
Regan Ware - Bay of Plenty
Joe Webber - Bay of Plenty

Thirteenth player
Sherwin Stowers - Counties Manukau

Schedule for All Blacks Sevens pool play:

Day 1: Saturday 13 May 2017
8.44pm Sat 13th NZT v Wales
12.10am Sun 14th NZT v Argentina
3.58am Sun 14th NZT v USA

Day 2: Sunday 14 May 2017
Finals Day

Watch the Paris Sevens on SKY Sport (NZT)

Day 1: Saturday 13 May from 7.50pm on SKY Sport Pop-up 1 (CH55)
Day 2: Sunday 14 May 14 May from 6.50pm on SKY Sport Pop-up 1 (CH55)