Three women's players Isla Norman-Bell, Mererangi Paul and Kalyn Takitimu-Cook and three men’s players William Warbrick, Chay Fihaki and Jacob Kneepkens were picked from 96 hopefuls an intensive four days culminated in a one-day tournament at Trusts Arena, Waitakere.
New Zealand Sevens High Performance Manager Tony Philp said the players chosen epitomised the Red Bull Ignite7 concept.
“These athletes come from varying backgrounds and have varying levels of rugby experience, but all of them stepped up to the mark to force the selectors hands over the past four days.
“This week has delivered what we had hoped for and far more. Not only have we been able to identify six very talented athletes to attend our 2019 Development Camps, but we have also unearthed new talent and learned a lot about a large number of other players who were already on our radar.”
Pint-sized Aucklander Norman-Bell (18) and hulking Kawerau lad William Warbrick (20) epitomised a programme that provided opportunity for all.
Congratulations to the Inferno ?? team who have taken out the #redbullignite7! Head to https://t.co/n1bxyPhcXy for all the results. ??
Congratulations to the Power ?? team who have taken out the #redbullignite7! Head to https://t.co/I053tRAWqy for all the results. ??
Congratulations to Chay Fihaki, Jacob Kneepkens and William Warbrick who have been chosen to attend the All Black Sevens Development Camp following the #redbullignite7! Congratulations lads, well deserved ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/O7w7ghSWoX— All Blacks Sevens (@AllBlacks7s) November 24, 2018