Rising sevens stars selected for development trial

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Numerous domestic sevens tournaments, including the inaugural Red Bull Ignite7 and last weekend’s TECT National Sevens, have uncovered 51 players that will take part in two trials in January.

New Zealand Rugby’s High Performance Talent Development Sevens Manager Chad Tuoro said the domestic sevens season had uncovered potential stars.
“In the past two months there have been more opportunities than ever before for young players to get on the field and impress.

“And they have done exactly that, our game is in a good place when you see the talent that is coming through. Now our job is to bring them together and see who has the ability to take that next step.
“Our development programmes are proven pathways to the professional environment. Akuila Rokolisoa and Salesi Rayasi went from development team members to World Cup winners in 2018 and we have seen a number of development players graduate into the Black Ferns Sevens squad,” said Tuoro.

The All Blacks Sevens Development trial will see 28 players vie for places in the in 2019 Development team that will assemble for two camps. The trial will take place on 11-13 January.

Players attending the Black Ferns Sevens Development trial, from 14-18 January, will have extra motivation with four wider training contracts on offer, along with places in the 2019 Development squad.

The players selected for the Development trials are;

Black Ferns Sevens Develeopment

Janna Vaughan Auckland
Natahlia Moors Auckland
Tysha Ikenasio Auckland
Kennedy Simon Auckland
Kiki Tahere Bay of Plenty
Mererangi Paul Bay of Plenty
Tynealle Fitzgerald Bay of Plenty
Grace Steinmetz Canterbury
Kendall Buckingham Canterbury
Carys Dallinger Manawatu
Crystal Mayes Manawatu
Hayley Hutana Manawatu
Kalyn Takitimu-Cook Manawatu
Lauren Balsillie Manawatu
Amy du Plessis Otago
Tiana Davison Taranaki
Chey Robins-Reti Waikato
Leanna Ryan Waikato
Rina Paraone Waikato
Violet Hapi Waikato
Dhys Faleafaga Wellington
Marcelle Parkes Wellington
Rosi Lomani Wellington

All Blacks Sevens Development

Carlos Donnell-Brown Auckland
Robert Rush Auckland
Hunter Mokomoko Bay of Plenty
Peni  Lasaqa Bay of Plenty
Rewita Biddle Bay of Plenty
William Warbrick Bay of Plenty
Dan Fransen Canterbury
Pisi Leilua Counties Manukau
Tyrone Dodd-Edwards Hawke's Bay
Te Rangitira Waitokia Manawatu
Curtis Reid North Harbour
James Little North Harbour
Pita Volavola North Harbour
Taylor Haugh Otago
Jacob Kneepkens Taranaki
Liam Blyde Taranaki
Rhodes Featherston Taranaki
Te Puoho Stephens Tasman
Daniel Sinkinsin Waikato
Declan O'Donnell Waikato
Jordan Bunce Waikato
Josh Moorby Waikato
Kurt Heatherley Waikato
Valynce Te Whare Waikato
Adam Simpson Wellington
Dan Schrivers Wellington
Losi Filipo Wellington
Roderick Solo Wellington

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