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All Blacks rugby sevens head coach Clark Laidlaw is looking forward to the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship which gets underway on Friday at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday. Laidlaw said
07 Nov 2018 10:47
Kiwis Ready To Play
New Zealand men’s and women’s team at Nadi International Airport on November 6,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

All Blacks rugby sevens head coach Clark Laidlaw is looking forward to the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship which gets underway on Friday at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Laidlaw said they got a good mix with experienced and new boys.

“This is an opportunity for the younger players to step up,”he said.

“Everybody is happy and the players are excited to play because we really enjoyed our time here last year. We are looking forward to some entertaining rugby.”

The side is the favourite in Pool B alongside New Caledonia, and Nauru.

“We will just focus on ourselves because we’ve got some stuff that we want to show in the game and try to play well as we can building to Dubai later this month

“We will just concentrate on ourselves and hopefully we can get winning on day one because last year we ended up playing against Australia and Fiji in day two. Hopefully we get even again.”

One of the experienced players in the side Tim Mikkelson said, “ It was tough competition last year and we should be prepared for that. Every time we come here, we get support from the fans. And every time we play against Fiji it’s always tough. So, we are excited and hope to do well.”

All Blacks 7s team: Jordan Bunce, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Scott Gregory, Taylor Haugh, Trael Joass, Luke Masirewa, Tim Mikkelson, Tone Ng Shiu, Amanaki Nicole, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Joe Ravouvou, Andrew Knewstubb.

Black Ferns New Generation

Meanwhile, Black Ferns development team Coach Crystal Kaua said exposing the next generation at the competition was crucial.

The only experienced players in the team are Terina Te Tamaki, Huia Harding and Colarado based Shakira Baker.

The side is pooled together with New Caledonia, Cook Islands, Fiji Airways Fijiana and Nauru.

The Black Ferns play Fiji Airways Fijiana at 5.39pm on Friday.

The Black Ferns Sevens:Shakira Baker, Kendall Buckingham, Huia Harding, Talei Kidd, Rina Paraone, Mahina Paul, Chey Reti, Leanna Ryan. Kennedy Simon, Susana Sotutu, Grace Steinmetz, Terina Te Tamaki, Janna Vaughan.

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