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New Zealand Women's Sevens contracted squad confirmed

allblacks.com     22 Jan 2014    

The players are:

Shakira Baker (Manawatu)
Michaela Blyde* (Taranaki)
Kelly Brazier (Otago)
Gayle Broughton* (Taranaki)
Sarah Goss (Manawatu)
Vaine Greig (Manawatu)
Honey Hireme (Waikato)
Carla Hohepa (Waikato)
Hayley Hutana (Manawatu)
Linda Itunu (Auckland)
Kayla McAlister (Auckland)
Huriana Manuel (Auckland)
Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland)
Shiray Tane (Waikato)
Alexis Tapsell (Canterbury)
Hazel Tubic (Counties Manukau)
Ruby Tui (Canterbury)
Selica Winiata (Manawatu)
Portia Woodman (Auckland)

“I'm really happy for the two youngsters, Gayle and Micheala," Horan said.

"They proved they've got what it takes to succeed at this level at the National Sevens in Rotorua where they were real stand-outs.

“We are building great depth in the sevens game in this country and I saw plenty of talent across all teams in Rotorua. There were some hard calls to make for this squad, but we needed to balance our needs for the World Series this year, against our need to have a squad capable of winning in Rio in 2016. So I am happy with the mix of youth and experience in this squad which equips us well for the challenges ahead.”

The New Zealand Women’s Sevens squad next assembles in Wellington for a training camp on 5 February and will play an exhibition match at Sevens Wellington on Friday 7 February. The team then heads overseas for the next two tournaments in the World Series, in Atlanta (15, 16 February) and Sao Paulo (21, 22 February).

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