All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw has named an exciting squad with a mix of young talent for their upcoming Hong Kong campaign.
The squad includes promising debutants Rhodes Featherstone and Xavier Tito-Harris. However, the experienced and skilled Joe Webber will not be available for the rest of the World Series as he embarks on a new journey.
The All Blacks Sevens team fully supports Webber’s decision to participate in Te Tohu Paetahi, a total immersion Māori language program offered by the University of Waikato.
Webber is expected to rejoin the team after completing the program later this year. The squad will also miss the services of Andrew Knewstubb, Tim Mikkelson, Roderick Solo, Scott Curry, Payton Spencer, and Tone Ng Shiu, all of whom are currently nursing injuries. Additionally, Regan Ware will be unavailable due to personal reasons.
All Blacks Sevens squad
Akuila Rokolisoa, Amanaki Nicole, Brady Rush, Dylan Collier, Fehi Fineanganofo, Leroy Carter, Lewis Ormond, Moses Leo, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Rhodes Featherstone, Sam Dickson (C), Sione Molia, Tepaea Cook-Savage, Xavier Tito-Harris.
After successfully qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics and securing another successful title at the HSBC Vancouver Sevens, the Black Ferns Sevens return to the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens for the first time since 2001.
Black Ferns Head Coach Cory Sweeney has selected a near unchanged squad as they set their sights on their return to Hong Kong. The group welcome the return of Alena Saili, who sustained a calf injury at the HSBC Hamilton Sevens, and Terina Te Tamaki secures a place in the selected 14.
The travelling squad is: Alena Saili, Jazmin Felix-Hotham, Jorja Miller, Kelly Brazier, Manaia Nuku, Michaela Blyde, Portia Woodman-Wickliffe, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane, Sarah Hirini (C), Shiray Kaka, Stacey Waaka, Terina Te Tamaki, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Tysha Ikenasio.
Unavailable for selection: Mahina Paul and Theresa Fitzpatrick (injury).