All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens teams named for Cape Town

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Both teams will be looking to continue to build on their form following the Dubai tournament as they continue to work towards Olympic qualification.

All Blacks Sevens team is:

2. Brady Rush

3. Tone Ng Shiu

4. Akuila Rokolisoa

7. Sam Dickson (C)

9. Amanaki Nicole

11. Joe Webber

13. Moses Leo

21. Che Clark

23. Lewis Ormond

24. Tepaea Cook-Savage* (Debut)

44. Roderick Solo

49. Caleb Tangitau

64. Regan Ware

Unavailable for selection: Leroy Carter, Kitiona Vai, Andrew Knewstubb, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia (injury), Dylan Collier, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black (parental leave), Kurt Baker (retired).

All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw said the team have prepared well and are looking forward to taking the field in Cape Town. 

“We went into Dubai with the intention to be direct, physical and continue to build on our game as a team. We had a really good training block post Hong Kong and thought our performances showed this although disappointed not to go a couple places better.

“This weekend we have had a short turn around, but have prepared really well, we love playing in CapeTown and are really focused to start well against Spain and continue to build our performances on the field."

Black Ferns Sevens team is:

4. Niall Williams

6. Michaela Blyde

7. Tyla Nathan-Wong (C)

8. Kelly Brazier

13. Jazmin Felix-Hotham (VC)

14. Terina Te Tamaki

18. Kelsey Teneti 

22. Shiray Kaka

26. Tysha Ikenasio  

33. Manaia Nuku  

77. Risaleaana Pouri-Lane (VC)

83. Jorja Miller

99. Tenika Willison

Unavailable for selection: Sarah Hirini, Portia Woodman, Stacey Fluhler, Ruby Tui, Theresa Fitzpatrick (Black Ferns), Alena Saili, Mahina Paul (injury).

The Black Ferns Sevens have one change to the side, with Tenika Willison joining the 13 in for Mahina Paul who has sustained a knee injury.  

Black Ferns Head Coach Cory Sweeney said the team is wanting to keep driving for success in Cape Town. 

“We are really happy with how the team performed in Dubai. We had our three debutants play their first World Series tournament, and we were proud of what we achieved in Dubai.”

“This week has been about recovering both physically and mentally, while we look ahead to the weekend. We want to continue to build on the connections we have built and the growth we have achieved in Dubai,” said Sweeney. 


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