NZ Sevens side turns focus to Glasgow Games

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 16:07 14/05/2014
Fairfax NZ

The All Black Sevens team have arrived home with a twelfth world championship trophy

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With their 12th World Series title safely in tow, the New Zealand sevens team quickly turned their attention to another Commonwealth Games gold medal today.

Gordon Tietjens' men arrived in Auckland after success in London capped off another stellar season.

Last year, the team captured the overall crown with two tournament wins; this year they improved consistency to be champions in five of the nine events.

Downtime isn't common with these blokes, though.

After enjoying one week off they will resume training in Mt Maunganui, before trials are held in early June, when 20 hopefuls will be trimmed to 14. The players will then travel to Amsterdam, where the squad will train for one week prior to the Games. 

A final 12-strong squad will assemble at the athletes' village in Glasgow.  

"We've only got a couple of weeks to prepare for that," Tietjens said. "Most of this squad will make the Com Games but we've still got a bit of work to do."

A number of Super Rugby players, including the Blues' utility Lolagi Visinia and midfielder Pita Ahki, are expected to put their hand up to contest a fifth successive gold medal.

"There's a lot of emphasis on the gold medal," he said. "With a view to the Olympics in 2016, that's another reason why players are already expressing an interest to be involved in sevens rugby now."

At the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Tietjens had All Blacks Liam Messam, Ben Smith and Hosea Gear at his disposal.

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