Coach Gordon Tietjens has named the following 12 players to take part in the next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series; Dubai Sevens (29-30 November) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens at Port Elizabeth (7-8 December). The team departs for Dubai on Sunday 24 November.
The team is:
Tomasi Cama – Manawatu
Scott Curry – TBA
Ambrose Curtis – Wellington
Sam Dickson – Canterbury
DJ Forbes (capt) – Counties Manukau
Bryce Heem – Tasman
Gillies Kaka – Hawke’s Bay
Tim Mikkelson – Waikato
David Raikuna – North Harbour
Lote Raikabula – Wellington
Sherwin Stowers – Counties Manukau
Joe Webber – Waikato
Gordon Tietjens said he was pleased to have such an experienced squad for the next two tournaments.
“It’s important that you have those experienced players around you, but the team is really the form players that have performed right throughout the week, they have trained very well, are very very fit.”
The team includes nine players from the side that won the first tournament of the series in October in Gold Coast. Gillies Kaka, one of the form players of the 2012/13 season returns after injury for his first tournament of the new season and World Cup team member Bryce Heem is also back in the side after a strong ITM Cup season with Tasman.
“With Gillies Kaka, a very good player, one of the best in the world, the player of the World Cup so it’s great to have him back from injury. Bryce Heem has come out of a pretty good year with Tasman and again someone who is very big, fast,