All Black Sevens team named for Las Vegas Sevens
All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw has named his team for the Las Vegas leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
1. Scott Curry – co-captain
2. Tim Mikkelson – co-captain
3. Trael Joass
4. Joe Ravouvou
5. Dylan Collier
6. Vilimoni Koroi
7. Sam Dickson
8. Andrew Knewstubb
9. Regan Ware
10. Etene Nanai-Seturo
11. Ngarohi McGarvey-Black*
12. Sione Molia
13. Joe Webber
* on debut
All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw said the team had prepared well for the tournament, and they were now looking forward to starting the weekend competition.
“We think it’s a strong team – a team that’s got good strength and depth on the bench, with guys who will come in and make a difference,” he said.
Laidlaw said McGarvey-Black was ready for his debut and they had great confidence in him, despite some obvious nerves.
“I think he’s pretty excited and pretty nervous at the same time. He’s preparing well, the guys are making him fit in well and feel welcome and helping him get up to speed on how we want to play the game. It’s hard because it’s a little bit earlier to play him than what he thought but we’ve got every confidence in him or we wouldn’t have put him out there,” he said.
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Las Vegas Sevens – All Blacks Sevens match schedule:
Saturday 3 March
12.22pm (NZT) v Uruguay
3.23pm (NZT) v Argentina
Sunday 4 March
8.52am (NZT) v Scotland
Watch New Zealand Sevens on SKY Sports
Coverage will be broadcast on SKY Sports Pop Up 2
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 1-2 December, Dubai – RUNNERS UP
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 9-10 December, Cape Town – WINNERS
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 26-28 January, Sydney – FIFTH PLACE
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 3-4 February, Hamilton – FOURTH PLACE
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 2-4 March, Las Vegas
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 10-11 March, Vancouver
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 6-8 April, Hong Kong
Commonwealth Games, 13-15 April, Gold Coast
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 28-29 April, Singapore
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 2-3 June, London
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 8-10 June, Paris
Rugby World Cup Sevens, 20-22 July, San Francisco