NZ Women's Sevens squad named for China     16 Mar 2013

The squad is:
Shakira Baker
Olivia Bird*
Kelly Brazier
Sarah Goss
Honey Hireme
Linda Itunu
Huriana Manuel (captain)
Kayla McAlister
Tyla Nathan-Wong
Kristina Sue*
Ruby Tui
Portia Woodman

*denotes new cap

The squad assembles in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday ahead of the Guangzhou Women’s Sevens tournament.

The travelling squad includes new caps Olivia Bird of Canterbury and Kristina Sue of Manawatu. They now join a reasonably experienced squad that also sees the return of Tyla Nathan-Wong and Ruby Tui who did not travel to Houston.

The Series standings see New Zealand go into the tournament as Series leaders, having claimed Dubai and finishing fourth in Houston. They head pool A which includes also Netherlands, South American champions Brazil and Tunisia.

“We are very excited about China. We came away from both the Dubai and Houston tournaments with some really important learnings, and we want to make sure that we continue our growth, and continue developing our team.

“This is our first team since naming a High Performance Squad of 26 and everyone has been working hard for selection. This is a fantastic opportunity for Olivia and Kristina and I know it will be a proud moment for them and their families when they run out for the first time,” Horan said.

The squad assembles on Wednesday in Mt Maunganui. They head to Auckland for their last training session on Monday 25 March, departing later evening for China.
The Guangzhou Women’s Sevens is on 30 and 31 March.

Follow the New Zealand Women's Sevens team on twitter @NZ7s

Guangzhou Women’s Sevens schedule (NZ Times)

3:44pm NZ v Brazil
6:06pm NZ v Tunisia
8:48pm NZ v Netherlands

IRB Women’s Sevens World Series:
Round 1 - UAE: Dubai, 30 November-1 December 2012 - 7he Sevens (winners: New Zealand)

Round 2 – USA: Houston, Texas, 1-2 February 2013 - BBVA Compass Stadium (winners England)

Round 3 – China: Guangzhou, 30-31 March 2013 - Guangzhou University Town Stadium

Round 4 – Netherlands: Amsterdam, 17-18 May 2013 - NRCA Stadium