NZ Sevens side bolstered for home tournament

Last updated 17:58 31/01/2014

Relevant offers

Sevens

Sevens sisters win world series title with plate win in Amsterdam Motivation lacking as NZ women make Amsterdam Sevens quarterfinals New Zealand women look to finish world sevens series on a high in Amsterdam New Zealand sevens must improve after tough world series campaign, admits coach Sevens $120k TV lens signing oopsie NZ sevens side out in quarterfinals in London as Fiji secure World Series title New Zealand women's sevens side knocked out in London semifinals New Zealand Sevens qualify for London Sevens quarterfinals New Zealand women's sevens team loses to Spain but qualifies for Rio Olympic Games Rio Olympic Games spot no certainty for the struggling Australian sevens team

Flying wing Waisake Naholo has been ruled out, but New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens has bolstered his ranks ahead of next weekend's Wellington Sevens.

Influential playmaker Tomasi Cama, speedsters Sherwin Stowers and Ben Lam and Auckland teenager Akira Ioane have all been included in a 14-strong squad to prepare for New Zealand's home leg of the IRB world series.

Tietjens will whittle the squad down to 12 for the tournament when he names his final team on Tuesday.

There is the potential for two new caps at Westpac Stadium with Northland forward Matt Moulds included for the first time and Ioane coming back into the side after a late visa application denied him a debut in Las Vegas.

Naholo, who was in fine form in the United States last week, is out with a leg injury, while forward Sam Dickson was not considered due to suspension.

David Raikuna is the only player to miss out on form from the 12 that lost 14-7 to South Africa in the final of the Las Vegas tournament.

Cama's return from injury is a big boost for a New Zealand side suddenly trailing South Africa in the series standings.

Ditto for Stowers and Lam, who add speed and size to a side looking for a way to combat a South African side that has had their number of late.

Manawatu's George Tilsley is deservedly retained after performing well in Vegas after a late callup for Ioane.

The New Zealand squad will assemble Wellington tomorrow.

New Zealand sevens squad to prepare for the Wellington leg of the IRB world series: Tomasi Cama, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, DJ Forbes, Bryce Heem, Gillies Kaka, Akira Ioane, Mark Jackman, Ben Lam, Tim Mikkelson, Matt Moulds, Lote Raikabula, Sherwin Stowers, George Tilsley.

Not considered due to injury: Waisake Naholo, Declan O'Donnell, Joe Webber.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

What effect will a potential ban on booze at Rugby Sevens 2015 have on you?

I'd no longer go ... what's the point?

I'd buy a ticket, with rugby the priority again.

Ban or no ban, I'm still going.

I'd rather watch 'Wheel of Fortune' on a 24/7 loop than 7s.

Vote Result

Related story: Booze ban hovers over sevens

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content