Tietjens picks four Canterbury players
All Blacks sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has named four Canterbury players in his 15-man training squad ahead of the Gold Coast Sevens next month.
Mark Jackman, Rhys Llewellyn, Jamie Verran and Sam Dickson were included in the squad which goes into camp at Mount Maunganui next week as a buildup to the opening event of the World Sevens Series opener on the Gold Coast on October 13-14.
Jackman is a familiar face to the Tietjens training camps, having stamped his mark on the sevens scene last year when playing for the side.
The other three have all been star performers in club rugby with Llewellyn and Verran frequently featuring in the Metro Division One competition while Dickson plies his trade in the country competition for West Melton.
"We have a good mix of some very experienced players and some up and coming young guys who I know will be working really hard next week to make the final team we take away," Tietjens said.
"It was always going to be difficult to pull together a squad at this time of year so we have had to call up a number of players who have yet to be tested in the sevens format at this level."
Following the camp Tietjens will slice his squad down to 12 which will be the travelling team to the Gold Coast.
Toby Arnold and Scott Curry who were members of the last World Sevens Series were not considered for the camp due to injury.
Tomasi Cama (Manawatu), Sam Dickson (Canterbury), D J Forbes (Counties Manukau), Joe Hill (Wellington), Iopu Iopu (Auckland), Mark Jackman (Canterbury), Steve Ketu (Waikato), Warwick Lahmert (Taranaki), Rhys Llewellyn (Canterbury), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato), Kylem O'Donnell (Taranaki), Ben Paltridge (North Harbour), Lote Raikabula (Wellington), Belgium Tuatagaloa (Wellington), Jamie Verran (Canterbury).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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