Lahmert retains ABs Sevens place

BEN STRANG
Last updated 13:23 03/12/2012

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Warwick Lahmert is bound for Dubai and South Africa after being picked for a second time into the All Blacks Sevens squad.

The former Paraparaumu College and Waikanae player was named in Gordon Tietjens' squad on Thursday, following further training camps after his debut for New Zealand in the opening round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, in Australia.

Lahmert was named in the squad hours before friend and fellow Kapiti man Dane Coles was named on the bench for the All Blacks test against Wales Sunday morning.

"It's overwhelming to get in there again, and it's been a lot tougher camp this time with the ITM Cup boys back, but fortunately my name got called out."

Asked how he felt about becoming a role model for young H-K players, he said he hadn't thought about that "because I'm still learning myself and I'm looking up to other people".

"But when you say that, I think there will be a couple of young fellas looking up to me.

"One of the young fellas, James Bailey Facebooked me and said that I'm his inspiration and things, which made me think about it.

"I think he's going to try and play for the Nua in sevens this year."

Lahmert said he used to look up to Christian Cullen after he made the All Blacks.

When Lahmert takes the field in Dubai this weekend he will have some support in the grandstand.

"I've got a couple of mates in Dubai so they're going to come and watch. Jake Gard'ner, he's from Paraparaumu.

"He went to Italy to watch Colesy [Dane Coles] play, and said he'd come and watch me if I made the squad.

"He said he's been looking forward to it. A few of the mates have been travelling around to see Colesy, so it's pretty cool."

The Dubai tournament is on Friday and Saturday, with the Port Elizabeth leg in South Africa on December 8 and 9.

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