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AllBlacks Sevens team named for Gold Coast

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allblacks.com     04 Oct 2012     Getty Images

The team is:

Tomasi Cama
Sam Dickson
DJ Forbes
Iopu Iopu
Mark Jackman
Warwick Lahmert
Tim Mikkelson
Kylem O'Donnell
Lote Raikabula
Belgium Tuatagaloa
Gareth Williams-Spiers
Jamie Verran

Tietjens said he was looking forward to taking a mix of seasoned campaigners and some exciting new talent to the Gold Coast on Monday.

There are six new faces in the team – Sam Dickson, Iopu Iopu, Warwick Lahmert, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Gareth Williams-Spiers and Jamie Verran.

"We've been working hard in the camp this week to come up with the right mix for the Gold Coast and I think we have a great blend of experience and new blood in this team.

"Make no mistake, this will be a tough tournament for us and we are certainly realistic about our prospects. The first outing of the series is always a time when you feel your way to an extent with new players and new combinations.

"But I know the guys have trained hard this week and even though some in the team are relatively new to sevens, I'm sure they'll play their hearts out as always when they pull on the black jersey next week."

Two players from the last HSBC Sevens World Series, Toby Arnold and Scott Curry, were not considered because of injury.