Red Bull Ignite7 Athletes Announced

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Teams Inferno, Bolt, Surge and Power will be back in action next month, with NZR today unveiling the 96 athletes (48 males and 48 females) who will compete at Red Bull Ignite7 2019 from November 20 to 23 at Trusts Arena in Waitakere.

Representative netballers, nationally ranked Surf Life Savers, and New Zealand Secondary Schools water polo and rugby players are among those named to compete for six guaranteed places at the 2020 New Zealand Sevens Development Camps.

Among the athletes classified by the selectors as ‘new to rugby’ in 2019 are NZ Youth Water Polo player Ronan Gogarty-Watson, World Rowing Championship silver medalist Ben Taylor, and national sprint sensation Edward Osei-Nketia.

Osei-Nketia will attend Red Bull Ignite7 in a non-playing capacity after returning from the World Athletics Championships in Doha, as he continues to keep his rugby options open alongside his athletics career.

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The women’s squads include 2019 Northern Mystics netballer Grace Kukutai, 2019 Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Surf Life Saving Under 19 female Sportsperson of the Year Alicia Wilson, and Under 21 New Zealand women’s hockey representative Kiriana Wairau-Hunter.

More than 500 applicants from around New Zealand registered their interest in this year’s event, which NZR High Performance Sevens Talent Development Manager, Chad Tuoro, said was a testament to the success of the inaugural event in 2018 and the growing popularity of sevens.

“From a high-performance point of view we were thrilled with the success of last year’s event and it has been exciting to see a number of players from 2018 make significant progress in their sevens careers.”

That success included newly-contracted All Blacks Sevens player, Jacob Kneepkens, who was one of the six players at Red Bull Ignite7 2018 to claim a place at the 2019 New Zealand Sevens Development Camps.

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“Now in year two, we’re again blown away by the response and by the calibre and diverse sporting backgrounds of the athletes who have thrown their hat in the ring,” said Tuoro. “It definitely made for a tough job for our selectors.”

Viewers will also recognise some familiar faces as a number of last year’s participants re-join their teams in the hope of securing a spot in the 2020 New Zealand Sevens Development Camps, including Mitre 10 Cup Magpies player Tyrone Dodd-Edwards and Auckland Storm representative Isla Norman-Bell.


 Bolt  Inferno

Ben Taylor
Brian Lealiifano
Caleb Cavubati
Carlos Donnell-Brown
Chicago Doyle
Daniel Sinkinson
Henry Lockington
Isaac Sailo
Jack Gray
Mattheus Pio
Sam Tuibua
Tyron Hilton
Head Coach:
Peter Nock

Abigail Roache
Arorangi Tauranga
Hope Parata-Kingi
Kalyn Takitimu-Cook
Kelsey Teneti
Kiriana Wairau-Hunter
Lavinia Tauhalaliku
Meg Breen
Mia Anderson
Princess Elliot
Te Araroa Sopoaga
Zakiya Kereopa
Head Coach:
Anna Richards

Blake Makiri
Cameron Church
Cortez-Lee Ratima
Drew Wild
Ethan Holman
Larenz Tupaea-Thomsen
Lewini Mocevakaca
Oscar Schmidt-Uili
Rocky Olsen
Roderick Solo
Ropati Sooalo
Saul Lewis
Head Coach:
Ellery Wilson

Allyssa Lolesio-Pua
Brooklyn Joyce
Emily Kitson
Georgia Brierly
Isla Norman-Bell
Kodi Barlow
Madison Grieve
Montessa Tairakena
Patricia Maliepo
Alicia Wilson
Savannah Bodman
*one more to add
Head Coach:
Paul Pou



 Power  Surge

Ben McCarthy
Cameron Roigard
Heremaia Murray
Jack McConnell
Jerome Mika
Jona Mataiciwa
Kyle Preston
Latrell Smiler-Ah Kiong
Lemeki Namoa
Ronan Gogarty-Watson
Tyrone Dodd-Edwards
Veveni Lasaqa
Head Coach:
Reon Graham

Alesha Williams
Amy du Plessis
Chelsea Young
Daynah Nankivell
Iritana Hohaia
Leianne Tufuga
Mahina Paul
Manaia Nuku
Riana Rangi-Brown
Rosie Kelly
Tiana Davison
Tyra Begbie
Head Coach:
Sharleen Nathan

Aporosa Vuniyayawa
Ethan Webster-Nonu
Ethyn Martin
Jed Melvin
Joel Cobb
Liam Wilson
Luka den Hertog
Michael Manson
TePaea Cook-Savage
Thor Manase
Tyler Laubscher
*one more to add
Head Coach:
Nigel Hotham

Demi Salton
Grace Kaihau
Grace Kukutai
Jazmin Hotham
Kalisi Longopoa
Kiriana Nolan
Lonita Ngalu-Lavemai
Lyric Faleafaga
Ocean Tierney
Renee Holmes
Te Whetumarama Nuku
Victoria-Rose Green
Head Coach:
Tutu Tairea


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