“We’re as close to full strength as you can get and we’re really excited about putting that squad on the field. There are a few guys that haven’t played much rugby since the World Cup so we need to train right and get into day one well prepared and hopefully build through the tournament as we go,” said Laidlaw.
Co-captain Tim Mikkelson returns to play at his home stadium after missing the opening two legs of the Series due to the birth of his first child.
Joe Ravouvou is also set to don the black jersey for the first time since his blockbusting World Cup campaign last July, having gained New Zealand citizenship to make him eligible for the World Series.
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Laidlaw said with only the one home tournament a year, the All Blacks Sevens want to make an impression on their fans.
“We’re expecting a huge crowd and home support. It’s something we’re really excited about, playing at home with that expectation – it’s something we want to embrace,” said Laidlaw.
The team will travel to Hamilton on Monday to prepare for the tournament.
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DATE: Tuesday 22nd January
TIME: 9am - 11am
PLACE: Garden Place, Hamilton
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