New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

SA prove sevens not easy

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

CLASH OF THE TITANS: The draw for the Wellington sevens makes a repeat of the 2014 final between New Zealand and South Africa possible, provided both teams top their pools at Westpac Stadium.

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

NZ sevens pay price for mistakes video

DEJECTED: The New Zealand sevens team leave the field after losing the final in Port Elizabeth.

An improved NZ sevens side still not a polished winning team, beaten in a tense final on the latest leg of the World Series.

NZ side top Pool D

TRY TIME: Joe Webber scored three tries on day one at the South Africa Sevens, including the match-winner in their final group match against England.

NZ sevens side topped Pool D after three wins on first day of South Africa stop on World Sevens Series.

Bailout in bid to save sevens

STEVE TEW: "In our view we’ve put on a successful tournament at Westpac Stadium for a very long time and that’s largely been done by Wellington with some help from us."

NZ Rugby comes to Wgtn's rescue but warns sevens tournament could leave capital.

Tough pool what NZ Sevens need

CHALLENGE: Gordon Tietjens is looking forward to testing opposition in South Africa.

Demanding draw in Port Elizabeth could be exactly the tonic Gordon Tietjens ordered for his stuttering side.

NZ sevens 'attitude' problem

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has demanded collective leadership from players at the Port Elizabeth Sevens in South Africa this weekend.

Gordon Tietjens calls for improved mental toughness as his side look to turn around sloppy start to season.

Vaeno makes big impression

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Teen Latu Vaeno makes impressive debut for Taranaki at Central Region tournament in Palmerston North.

NZ sevens feel heat in Dubai

OUTCLASSED: New Zealand sevens star Gillies Kaka is tackled by South Africa's Werner Kok at the Dubai Sevens.

Gordon Tietjens' side have made their worst start to the sevens world series since the 2005-06 season.

NZ sevens fourth in Dubai

NZ sevens star Gillies Kaka is tackled by South Africa's Werner Kok at the Dubai Sevens.

After impressive efforts in pool play, Kiwis finish a disappointing fourth at the Dubai Sevens.

Sevens team through to Dubai semis

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Joe Webber scored two tries to help New Zealand easily overcome England and book a place in the Dubai sevens semifinals.

The New Zealand's men's sevens team are through to the semifinals in Dubai.

Taranaki wins Central Region title

A try in the first minute of extra time earned Taranaki the Central Region provincial rugby sevens title.

NZ women steal Dubai win

RECLAIMING TITLE: Charlotte Broughton and the New Zealand women's team exacted revenge on Australia in the Dubai final.

New Zealand women's sevens team win Dubai title in final minute, beating Australia.

NZ start sevens in style

MILESTONE: Tim Mikkelson now has 150 tries for New Zealand.

Tim Mikkelson scored five tries as New Zealand outscored their pool opponents 120-0 in Dubai.

Women's sevens win three

NZ SEVENS STAR: Charlotte Broughton.

NZ make a solid start to their new world series campaign scoring 96 points in Dubai on the first day of the new season.

Wellington ready to step up

BIG STEP UP: Wellington sevens coach Scott Waldrom has named a strong side for the Central Region Sevens tournament in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Wellington will look to take a major step toward defending their national crown when they line up in Central Region Sevens tournament on Saturday.

Tough Tietjens raises bar

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens talks to his team after the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens Pool A match against Japan at Cbus Super Stadium in October.

Trainings for NZ sevens team in Mt Maunganui are always hard, but they've taken it to another level this season.

Rickards excited by squad

FAMILIAR FACE: Beaudein Waaka will play halfback for the Taranaki sevens side.

Willie Rickards reduces squad to 19 players as Taranaki prepare for central regions qualifying tournament.

Siblings are in sevens heaven

FAMILY AFFAIR: Joe Webber and his sister Jordon.

Siblings Jordon and Joe Webber do almost everything together.

TNW won't miss Chiefs games

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Tim Nanai-Williams wants to keep producing this sort of try-scoring action for the Chiefs

Electric back wants to stick with the Chiefs despite playing for Samoa.

Kurt Baker back in New Zealand sevens side

BACK IN THE FOLD: Kurt Baker has been included in the New Zealand sevens squad.

Kurt Baker's search for game-time and fitness has led to a recall to the national sevens squad.

Rookie duo named in NZ Sevens team for Dubai

BOLTER: Wellington's Murphy Taramai is one of two rookies named in Gordon Tietjens' NZ squad for the Dubai Sevens.

Two debutants to play for NZ at Dubai Sevens next week, with Murphy Taramai and Sam Vaka named in Gordon Tietjens’ squad.

NZ sevens team named

PLENTY OF OPTIONS: New Zealand women’s sevens coach Sean Horan.

Several big guns may be njured, but the arsenal at NZ women's sevens coach Sean Horan’s disposal is bigger than ever.

Six rookies for Sevens squad

RUGBY ROYALTY: Jordan Bunce, son of former All Black Frank, has been named in the 17-man contracted New Zealand Sevens squad for the 2014-15 season.

Tietjens names six rookies in Sevens squad for the 2014-15 season.

Scanlan ready for sevens post

DIFFERENT LEAGUE: Charlotte Scanlan has big expectations on the sevens field.

Charlotte Scanlan is the type of person who can be relied upon and NZ are banking on her.

Willison gets sevens call-up

IN HER STRIDE: Tenika Willison will get a taste for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team set-up next week.

HGHS student impresses NZ women's sevens coach Sean Horan enough to gain selection to 16-strong training squad.

NZ women's sevens squad for Dubai named

DECISION TIME: New Zealand women’s sevens coach Sean Horan has named his 16-strong training squad ahead of the  opening leg of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.

NZ women’s sevens coach Sean Horan names 16-strong training squad to prepare for opening leg of IRB World Series.

New series, new talent

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New Zealand women’s sevens coach Sean Horan.

The Northern Kauri won the national women's sevens series but NZ women's sevens team were the biggest winners.

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